Television (often abbreviated to TV, T.V.; sometimes called , telly or the tube, bloob tube or boob tube, or idiot box in British English) is a widely used telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. The term may also be used to refer specifically to a television set, programming or television transmission. The word is derived from mixed Latin and Greek roots, meaning "far sight": Greek tele (τῆλε), far, and Latin vision, sight (from video, vis- to see, or to view in the first person).

Since it first became commercially available from the late 1930s, the television set has become a common household communications device in homes and institutions, particularly in the first world, as a source of entertainment and news. Since the 1970s, video recordings on VCR tapes and later, digital playback systems such as DVDs, have enabled the television to be used to view recorded movies and other programs.

A television system may be made up of multiple components, so a screen which lacks an internal tuner to receive the broadcast signals is called a monitor rather than a television. A television may be built to receive different broadcast or video formats, such as high-definition television, or prefferably referred to as (HDTV).
Guy#1: Blimey im bored.
Guy#2: Go watch the TV then.
Guy#1: K.
by Tannen September 23, 2007
hey dont watch to myuch tv, ill take u to the optitions tomorrow.
by Sahir1122 May 19, 2009
Variant of TV. A short form of television.
by Anonymous July 06, 2003
A big glowing box that sits in my living room.
The only good shows on TV are the Simpsons and South Park
by me December 27, 2003
Tv means Bitch in norwegian.
Look at that fucking TV.
by Dawg April 11, 2005
the nickname of Steven Brown at Radford University
Tv is evil because he raped a drunk girl
by Andrew Jackson January 22, 2005
A flashing box that tells you what to think, what to wear, what to eat, what to like, what to feel, and more. It's what's mostly responsible for the overwhelming stupidity in America.

Why live life if TV can do it for you?
"I'm going to the library. Would you like to come with?"

"ur dum. im gunna go wtch tv"
by El Singario September 21, 2005

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