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Antennae on a black fly.

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A dish antenna.

English[]

Etymology[]

From Latin antenna, nautical term for yard and common term for pole, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation[]

  • IPA: /ænˈtɛn.ə/, SAMPA: /{n"tEn.@/
    Rhymes: -ɛnə

Noun[]

Singular
Antenna

Plural
antennae

Antenna (antennae)

  1. (plural: antennae) A feeler organ on the head of an insect, crab, or other animal.
  2. (plural: antennas) A device to receive or transmit radio-frequency signal by converting electromagnetic radiation into electrical signal.
  3. (plural: antennae) The faculty of intuitive astuteness.

Usage notes[]

  • Use of the Anglicised plural to mean multiple feelers or astute aptitudes is very rare.[1]
  • Use of the Latinate plural to mean multiple aerials is very rare.
  • Some make a distinction between an antenna and an aerial, with the former used to indicate a rigid structure for radio reception or transmission, and the latter consisting of a wire strung in the air. For those who do not make a distinction, antenna is more commonly used in the United States and aerial is more commonly used in the United Kingdom.

Synonyms[]

  • (Feeler organ on the head of an insect): feeler
  • (Device to receive or transmit radio-frequency signal): aerial

Derived terms[]

  • fractal antenna

Translations[]

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References[]

  1. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]

Italian[]

Etymology[]

From Latin antenna.

Noun[]

antenna f. (plural antenne)

  1. flagpole
  2. Template:Nautical yard
  3. device to receive or transmit radio signals: aerial (UK), antenna (US)
  4. feeler organ on the head of an insect: antenna

Latin[]

Etymology[]

Unknown or disputed.

Noun[]

antenna (genitive antennae); f, first declension

  1. Template:Nautical yard
  2. pole
  3. vocative singular of antenna

antennā f.

  1. ablative singular of antenna

Inflection[]

First declension (1).

Number Singular Plural
nominative antenna antennae
genitive antennae antennārum
dative antennae antennīs
accusative antennam antennās
ablative antennā antennīs
vocative antenna antennae

ar:antenna de:antenna et:antenna el:antenna fr:antenna gl:antenna hy:antenna io:antenna id:antenna it:antenna kn:antenna lt:antenna hu:antenna ml:antenna pl:antenna ru:antenna fi:antenna sv:antenna ta:antenna tr:antenna tk:antenna vi:antenna zh:antenna

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