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broadcast

[′brȯd‚kast]
(communications)
A television, radio, or data transmission intended for public reception.

broadcast

A transmission of information relating to air navigation that is not addressed to a specific station or stations (ICAO). No acknowledgment is expected from the recipient of such broadcasts. See also blind transmission.

broadcast

A transmission to multiple, unspecified recipients. On Ethernet, a broadcast packet is a special type of multicast packet which all nodes on the network are always willing to receive.

broadcast

(1) To transmit to every receiver within a geographic area. Over-the-air TV and AM and FM radio are examples of broadcast networks. Contrast with narrowcast.

(2) To transmit to every node on a local network or subnetwork. Broadcasts are commonly used to announce that network resources are now turned on and available, to advertise services and to make requests for address resolution. See broadcast address, multicast, broadcast traffic, address resolution, ARP, SLP and broadcast domain.
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