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Television: Glossary

A

AM
amplitude modulation - method of using radio waves byadjusting the amplitude or size of a wave
antenna
(plural - antennas) equipment for receiving radio waves

B

broadcasting company
a business that sends out signals using radio waves to entertain and provide information

C

Channel
frequency on which a television station airs programming
cathode ray tube
(CRT) equipment that focuses a beam of light onto a phosphor screen
commercial
having to do with business - also an advertisement

D

Data
facts and information
dialogue
speaking and talking
direct line
without interruption or interference - a straight distance between objects

E

Electron
a negatively charged particle of electricity
electromagnetic spectrum
the range of all light and sound waves

F

FM
frequency modulation - method of using radio waves by adjusting the frequency or number of waves per measurement of time
Foley artist
an artist that creates sound effects for motion
fluid
smooth, without breaks

G

geosynchronous orbit
an orbit that keeps up with the turning of the earth so that it stays directly over the same location

I

Industry
business activity
Intensity
strength

L

Luxury
generally not a necessity

M

Mobile
capable of being moved
magnetic field
a field around a magnet and its influence
mechanical vibrations
continuous shaking with predictable frequency
migration
seasonal movement of animals

N

Neon
a gas that glows when exposed to electrons
networks
a complex facility for broadcasting television

O

optical illusion
an image that deceives reality

P

Pixels
the smallest part of an image
Potential
capable of becoming
Primitive
simple - early in the development phase
phosphor
any substance that, when exposed to electricity or other form of radiation, gives off a visible light
plasma television
a flat screen that works using a plasma gas such as xenon or neon
production
creation
programming
the selection of television shows

R

raster scan
the horizontal and vertical pattern made by a CRT gun which scans across and from top to bottom of a screen and then back again
refreshes
to make new or make over again
remote control
a handheld device that can control actions of another device

S

Satellite
man-made equipment that orbits a planet to perform a function
Signals
commands
Simulate
make it look like
sound effects
sounds created for motion pictures

T

television
a device which allows a person to see broadcast signals
transmitted
sent out
transmitter
a device which sends out signals

V

Vacuum
space void of matter, especially air
video conferencing
the ability to have a meeting with people at multiple locations using a screen for viewing
videotape
a magnetic tape that allows copies of visual activities or the act of creating these copies - filming

W

wavelength
the distance from the crest of one wave to the crest of the next wave

X

Xenon
a gas that glows when exposed to electrons

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