broadcast


broadcast
[18] Broadcast was originally an adjective and adverb, and meant literally ‘scattered widely’, particularly in the context of sowing seeds. A metaphorical sense developed in the late 18th and 19th centuries (William Stubbs, in his Constitutional History of England 1875 writes of ‘broadcast accusations’), and the word was ready in the early 1920s for application to the transmission of radio signals (the first actual record of such a use is as a verb, in the April 1921 issue of Discovery: ‘The [radio] station at Poldhu is used partly for broadcasting Press and other messages to ships’).
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   In the 18th century the word was an adjective applied to seed that that was cast by hand over a broad area, instead of being sown by drilling or in rows. In the 19th century to broadcast was to sow seed in this way. The present noun evolved in the 20th century. A radio or television broadcast disseminates information or entertainment over a wide area.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • broadcast — [brôd′kast΄, brôd′käst΄] vt. broadcast or broadcasted, broadcasting 1. to scatter (seed) over a broad area rather than sow in drills 2. to spread (information, gossip, etc.) widely 3. to transmit, as to a large audience, by radio or television vi …   English World dictionary

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