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Radio appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • O, I dare not tone radio.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun radio:


The word radio is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun radio

What does radio mean as a name of something?

Radio is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: radios

  1. medium for communication
  2. an electronic receiver that detects and demodulates and amplifies transmitted signals
  3. a communication system based on broadcasting electromagnetic waves

Alternative definition of the noun radio


  1. [uncountable] The technology that allows for the transmission of sound or other signals by modulation of electromagnetic waves.
  2. [countable] A device that can capture (receive) the signal sent over radio waves and render the modulated signal as sound.
  3. [countable] A device that can transmit radio signals.
  4. [Internet, uncountable] The continuous broadcasting of sound recordings via the Internet in the style of traditional radio.

Definition of the adjective radio

What does radio mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more radio / most radio

  1. indicating radiation or radioactivity

Definition of the verb radio

What does radio mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: radioed | radioing | radios

  1. transmit messages via radio waves
    • examples: he radioed for help | They radio them the information | They radio the information to them
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Heather cabled Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic]Ellen told Helen a story | Ellen told me, 'Leave the room.' | Heather cabled Sara the news
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned Helen that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled Sara that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled Sara when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic]Ellen told Helen about the situation | Heather cabled Sara about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen told a story to Helen | Heather cabled the news to Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, for-complement clause]Heather cabled for Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic]Heather cabled to Sara, 'Come immediately.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled to Sara when to send the package

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): broadcast, cable, e-mail, fax, modem, netmail, phone, relay, satellite, semaphore, sign, signal, telecast, telegraph, telephone, telex, wire, wireless.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings


  1. "Radio" is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by Gary Smith. The article and the movie are based on the true story of T. L. Hanna High School football coach Harold Jones and a mentally challenged young man James Robert "Radio" Kennedy. The movie also starred Debra Winger and Alfre Woodard and was directed by Mike Tollin. This movie was filmed primarily in Walterboro, South Carolina because its buildings and downtown core still fit the look of the era the film was trying to depict.
  2. "Radio" a.k.a. "Enchanted" is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. Written by Bill Kelly and directed by Kevin Lima, the film stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon. The plot focuses on Giselle, an archetypal Disney Princess, who is forced from her traditional animated world of Andalasia into the live-action world of New York City. Enchanted was the first Disney film to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, instead of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
  3. "Radio": Radio: Love on Air is a 2009 musical drama film written by and directed by Ishaan Trivedi.
  4. "Radio" is a 2013 Malayalam–language drama film directed by Umer Mohammed and starring Iniya, Sarayu, Nishan and Sreejith Vijay in pivotal roles. The film was produced by S. C. Pillai whose previous production Passenger was a critical and commercial success.
  5. "Radio" is a 2011 short film directed by Ruth Novaczek.


"Radio" is a book by Jessica Abel.

  • also known as "Radio: an illustrated guide, 04/99"


  1. "Radio" is the debut album of American rapper LL Cool J, released November 18, 1985 on Def Jam Recordings in the United States. It serves as the label's first full-length album release. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1984 to 1985 at Chung King House of Metal in New York City. The album was primarily produced by Rick Rubin, who provided a sparse and minimal production style. Radio also features a sound that is punctuated by DJ scratching, mostly brief samples, and emphasis of the downbeat. LL Cool J's b-boy lyricism conveys themes of inner city culture, teenage promiscuity, and braggadocio raps.
  2. "Radio" is a song by British pop singer Robbie Williams. It was the first single from his hits compilation Greatest Hits, released in 2004. The video includes tattooed cheerleaders in masks doing flips, Williams being fawned over as a snake emerges from his trousers, and Williams' eyes morphing into lizard eyes.
  3. "Radio" is a song by Celtic folk rock band The Corrs. It was released in November 1999 from the album The Corrs Unplugged with "Dreams" from the same album as a B-side.
  4. "Radio" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Darius Rucker. It was released on July 22, 2013 as the third single from his album True Believers. Rucker wrote the song with Luke Laird and Ashley Gorley.
  5. "Radio" is the fourth studio album by the band Naked City, and their first to be composed entirely by bandleader John Zorn. The album was also released as part of Naked City: The Complete Studio Recordings on Tzadik Records in 2005.
  6. "Radio" is the ninth album of the German a cappella group Wise Guys. It is built in the form of a radio broadcast: between each individual piece come jingles and other small tidbits, such as the news or sports. This stands as the first concept album of the Wise Guys. The CD ranked #3 in the German album charts and stood for sixteen weeks in the top 100 of the charts.
    • genre: A cappella
    • released on (9 years ago)
  7. "Radio" is the fifth and latest studio album by Jamaican reggae and hip-hop artist Ky-Mani Marley, released on September 25, 2007. It topped the Billboard Reggae Charts at #1 in October 2007. The album features much more hip hop influences than his previous releases.
  8. "Radio" is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles taken from her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce. The uptempo synthpop and dance-pop song was composed by Knowles, Rico Love, Dwayne Nesmith and Jim Jonsin. Composed in the key of D major and built essentially on bouncy beat, "Radio" also displays influences of the 1980s synthpop, Europop, and house. It is instrumentally complete with a Roland TR-808 drum, bass instruments, and synthesizers. The song's lyrics describe the love of Knowles in her childhood for the songs she used to listen on the radio as she grew into an adult.
  9. "Radio" is the first single from Musiq Soulchild's fifth studio album OnMyRadio, his second full-length release on Atlantic Records.
  10. Radio is a song by English recording artist Alesha Dixon from her third album, The Entertainer. The song is The Entertainer's second single, after "Drummer Boy" and was released on 28 November, coinciding with the album's release. One of the remixes features rapper Wiley, a member of grime band Roll Deep, whom Dixon collaborated with previously whilst featuring on their single, "Take Control". Dixon performed "Radio" for the first time on Strictly Come Dancing on 14 November.
  11. Radio is an English language song by Danny Saucedo and the first single taken from his album Set Your Body Free. The song released in 2008 was written by Michel Zirton, Tobias Gustavsson and Danny Saucedo himself.
  12. "Radio" is the first compilation album by the German solo artist Michael Rother. It was released in October 1993.
  13. "Radio" is a song by Norwegian Hip-Hop, Rap duo Cir.Cuz from their debut studio album Alt I Sin Tid. It was released on 28 February 2011 as a digital download in Norway. The song has peaked to number 2 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.
  14. "Radio" là một bài hát của nữ nghệ sĩ người Mỹ Lana Del Rey thu âm cho album phòng thu thứ hai của cô, Born to Die.
  15. "Radio" is the soundtrack album of the 2009 film.
  16. "Radio" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  17. "Radio" is a musical single of Robbie Williams.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  18. "Radio" is a musical album of La Habitación Roja.
    • also known as Radio Extra
    • released in (14 years ago)
  19. "Radio" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  20. "Radio" a.k.a. "Faces" is a musical album of Interno17 & The Lorelei.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  21. "Radio" is a musical single of Felix da Housecat.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  22. "Radio" is a composition.
  23. "Radio" is a composition, cataloged instance.


Who is Radio?

Radio a.k.a. King Radio: Norman Span, known as King Radio, was a calypsonian active in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • also known as Norman Span; Span, Norman
  • died in (45 years ago)


  1. Radio a.k.a. Cir.Cuz is a Norwegian pop duo consisting of Mats Melbye and Thomas Pedersen from Sarpsborg, Østfold. Their debut single "Radio" peaked to number 2 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.
  2. Radio is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Radio 4, Go Radio, My Radio, Radio 69, Bad Radio, A.M. Radio, Beat Radio, Beta Radio, Blue Radio, King Radio, Mojo Radio, Radio Bomb, Radio City, Radio Days, Radio head, Radio Kaos, Radio star, Radio Vago, Said Radio.


  1. Radio is the radiation of electromagnetic signals through the atmosphere or free space. Information, such as sound, is carried by systematically changing some property of the radiated waves, such as their amplitude, frequency, phase, or pulse width. When radio waves strike an electrical conductor, the oscillating fields induce an alternating current in the conductor. The information in the waves can be extracted and transformed back into its original form.
    • also known as Rádió, Radiofoni, 无线电
  2. Radio magazine, a radio broadcasting trade publication, covers the technology side of radio broadcasting. The publication's focus is to deliver in-depth technical expertise while observing high standards of editorial content. Radio magazine is targeted at radio broadcast engineers, technology managers and owners of radio stations, networks, and recording studios. It is published by NewBay Media.
    • also known as Radio magazine
  3. Radio is a children's playground game played by children. The game's history is unknown.

Phrases with Radio

Phrases starting with the word Radio:

  1. Radio-
  2. Radio fix
  3. Radio Jet
  4. radio set
  5. Radio Tag
  6. Radio-Tag
  7. radio beam
  8. Radio halo
  9. Radio Jock
  10. radio link
  11. radio news
  12. radio wave
  13. Radio Alarm
  14. Radio Burst
  15. Radio clock

Phrases ending with the word Radio:

  1. Car Radio
  2. Ham Radio
  3. Talk Radio
  4. Talk-Radio
  5. clock radio

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Radio

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Google previewRadio Engineering for Wireless Communication and Sensor Applications (2003)

by Antti V. R ̈ais ̈anen, Arto Lehto

The word radio means techniques that are used in transmitting and receiving information or power in the atmosphere or free space, or in transmission lines utilizing electromagnetic waves — so-called radio waves — but also the equipment ...

Google previewBiographical Dictionary of Radio (2013)

by Christopher H. Sterling

Jimmy Durham, Richard Edwards, Bob Edwards, Ralph Ellis, Elmo Fadiman, Clifton Faulk, John Henry Female Radio Personalities and Disc Jockeys Fessenden, Reginald Freberg, Stan Frederick, Pauline Freed, Alan Freed, Paul Friendly, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of American Radio Soap Operas (2005)

by Jim Cox

During the 1948—49 radio season, the show was resumed over MBS with a Friday night halfhour Frank King drew the comic strip and Kane Campbell wrote the radio plot. Jimmy McCallion, Bill Idelson, and Bill Lipton portrayed Skeezix Wallet ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Haiti (2012)

by Michael R. Hall

RADIO AND TELEVISION. Radio is the most important source of mass media information in Haiti since access to newspapers is limited by low literacy levels and access to television and the Internet is limited by economic hardship. In addition ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Philippines (2012)

by Artemio R. Guillermo

RADIO. Radio is the acknowledged primary source of news and most pervasive and credible medium in the Philippines. It reaches 85 to 90 percent of the population, with over 25 million sets nationwide. Of the 12 million estimated total ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of Communication (2015)

by Wolfgang Donsbach

RobeRt Huesca Trinity University Radio for development is the strategic use of this medium to effect social changes beneficial to a community, nation, or region. Within the study and practice of communication for national development and ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 12: Music by Bill C. Malone

Radio was a key institution in the popularization of many forms of music in the American South. Broadcasting stations beamed traditional forms of southern music to listeners throughout the region and the nation. Disc jockeys became important ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Movement Media (2010)

by John D. H. Downing

and Underground Radio (Taiwan) Chipko Environmental Movement Media ( India) Christian Radio (United States) Church of Life After Shopping (United States) Cine Insurgente/Rebel Cinema (Argentina) Citizen Journalism Citizens' Media ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

radio The transmission of sound or other information by radiofrequency ...

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Quotes about Radio

But you can make good radio, interesting radio, great radio even, without an urgent question, a burning issue at stake. (Ira Glass)
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Scrabble value of R1A1D2I1O1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of RADIO

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