radio horizon


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radio horizon

[′rād·ē·ō hə′rīz·ən]
(communications)
The locus of points at which direct rays from a transmitter become tangential to the surface of the earth; the distance to the radio horizon is affected by atmospheric refraction.

radio horizon

The locus of points at which rays from a radio transmitter become tangential to the earth's surface; it depends on the refractive index of the atmosphere. See radar horizon.