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Meaning of heterodyne

het•er•o•dyne

Pronunciation: (het'ur-u-dīn"), [key]
— adj., v., -dyned, -dyn•ing.
—adj.
  1. noting or pertaining to a method of changing the frequency of an incoming radio signal by adding it to a signal generated within the receiver to produce fluctuations or beats of a frequency equal to the difference between the two signals.
—v.i.
  1. to produce a heterodyne effect.
—v.t.
  1. to mix (a frequency) with a different frequency so as to achieve a heterodyne effect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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