Here is a brief explanation of how to use antenna and the plural form of the word in English. Let us go over what an antenna is, the plural form, the history and origin of the word, synonyms, and examples of the word used in a sentence. Next time you go to use the word antenna you will be an expert.
What Is the Full Definition of the Word Antenna?
According to an English dictionary, the word antenna means:
- plural antennae: one of a pair of slender, movable, segmented sensory organs on the head of insects, myriapods, and crustaceans
- a usually metallic device (such as a rod or wire) for radiating or receiving radio waves for television signals
- a TV antenna
- antennae plural: a special sensitivity or receptiveness
- … his political antennae proved to be shrewder than ever.
- — Erich Segal
What Is the Correct Plural of Antenna?
If we look at the root language, Latin, we can see why the plural form of the word antenna is antennae. However, if we are referring to the metal rod antenna it is instead correct to use the plural form antennas.
The History and Origin of the Word
The word antenna originally comes from the Latin language. Its original definition in the Latin language is “sail yard”.
The definition of a sail yard is “is a spar on a mast from which sails are set. It may be constructed of timber or steel or from more modern materials like aluminium or carbon fibre. Although some types of fore and aft rigs have yards, the term is usually used to describe the horizontal spars used on square rigged sails”
You might be wondering right now “how did we get our current definition of antenna from sail yard”. That is a pretty fitting question but it does have a fitting answer. The greek word for sail yard is “keraia”. It did mean sail yard but also meant horn (this was the main way that it was used in fact). Aristotle used the word keraia to refer to the antenna (feelers) of insects. He likely came to this usage based on how keraia would be the correct way to describe the horns of a larger animal.
We still do use antenna to refer to the feelers of insects from the definition given to the word by Aristotle, but also we can use the same word to describe the kind of antenna we use to get signals. The likely reason for calling it an antenna is because it’s serving a similar function to an insect antenna. It is “feeling” the air for the signals passing through it, which is pretty much the same thing as an insect’s antenna.
Synonyms of the Word Antenna From a Thesaurus
- Receiver – a device for converting signals (such as electromagnetic waves) into audio or visual form
- Wire – metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod
- Aerial – of, relating to, or occurring in the air or atmosphere
- Ears – any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion
- Feelers – a tactile process (such as a tentacle) of an animal
- Whip – a flexible vertical rod radio antenna
- Bird Snapper – Appendages for sensing, usually on insects or electronics
- Rabbit Ears – an indoor dipole television antenna consisting of two usually extensible rods connected to a base to form a V shape
Example Sentences of the Word in Context
- To check on the lobster doneness, pull on an antenna. — Washington Post, “Maine-Style Lobster Rolls,” 19 Aug. 2020
- In theory, a technophile might be able to surveil a room using an ordinary laptop and the radio antenna from a wireless router, Turpin says. — Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, “‘Time camera’ generates 3D images from echoes of light,” 4 Aug. 2020
- During the storm, an antenna suspended over the observatory fell and punctured the dish, tearing a hole in the aluminum. — Marina Koren, The Atlantic, “What Does 2020 Have Against This Famous Telescope?,” 12 Aug. 2020
- These were early examples of resonant coupling, in which a magnetic field between antennas transmits energy from one antenna to the other. — Tim Grierson, Popular Mechanics, “Why Nikola Tesla Was Such a Badass Scientist,” 11 Aug. 2020
- There’s another covered car in the Jag owner’s driveway, something newer judging by the roof antenna. — Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, “Elana Scherr: Finding an Autos Fix When Everything Is Broken,” 9 Aug. 2020
- In other words, the same physical satellite antenna and modem were delivering Internet traffic to both the flight bag and passengers. — Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, “Insecure satellite Internet is threatening ship and plane safety,” 5 Aug. 2020
- It will be broadcast on cable channels AT&T 99, Grande 20, Spectrum 21 and on digital antenna channgel16.1. — Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, “San Antonio virtual town hall for parents, educators to address confusion over school reopenings amid coronavirus,” 4 Aug. 2020
- The first step of photosynthesis happens in a light-harvesting complex, a mesh of proteins in which pigments are embedded, forming an antenna. — Quanta Magazine, “Why Are Plants Green? To Reduce the Noise in Photosynthesis.,” 30 July 2020
Now you are an expert on all things related to the word of the day, antenna. Next time you need to write about antennas you will be well prepared for everything you need to know what it is and how to do it efficiently within the American English language.