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 for dish antenna
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Antenna \An*ten"na\, n.; pl. Antenn[ae]. [L. antenna
     sail-yard; NL., a feeler, horn of an insect.]
     1. (Zool.) A movable, articulated organ of sensation,
        attached to the heads of insects and Crustacea. There are
        two in the former, and usually four in the latter. They
        are used as organs of touch, and in some species of
        Crustacea the cavity of the ear is situated near the basal
        joint. In insects, they are popularly called horns, and
        also feelers. The term in also applied to similar organs
        on the heads of other arthropods and of annelids.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Electronics) A metallic device, variously shaped,
        designed for the purpose of either transmitting or
        receiving radio waves, as for radio or television
        broadcasting, or for transmitting communication signals.
        Some types are: whip antenna, antenna tower, horn
        antenna, dish antenna, directional antenna and
        rabbit ears. See transmitter, receiver.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dish \Dish\ (d[i^]sh), n. [AS. disc, L. discus dish, disc,
     quoit, fr. Gr. di`skos quoit, fr. dikei^n to throw. Cf.
     Dais, Desk, Disc, Discus.]
     1. A vessel, as a platter, a plate, a bowl, used for serving
        up food at the table.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              She brought forth butter in a lordly dish. --Judg.
                                                    v. 25.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The food served in a dish; hence, any particular kind of
        food, especially prepared food; as, a cold dish; a warm
        dish; a delicious dish. "A dish fit for the gods." --Shak.
  
              Home-home dishes that drive one from home. --Hood.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. The state of being concave, or like a dish, or the degree
        of such concavity; as, the dish of a wheel.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. A hollow place, as in a field. --Ogilvie.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. (Mining)
        (a) A trough about 28 inches long, 4 deep, and 6 wide, in
            which ore is measured.
        (b) That portion of the produce of a mine which is paid to
            the land owner or proprietor.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     6. anything with a discoid and concave shape, like that of a
        dish.
        [PJC]
  
     7. an electronic device with a concave reflecting surface
        which focuses reflected radio waves to or from a point,
        used as a receiving or transmitting antenna; also called
        dish antenna. The dish is often shaped as a paraboloid
        so as to achieve a high sensitivity and enable reception
        of weak signals when used as a receiving antenna, or to
        focus transmitted signals into a narrow beam when used as
        a transmitting antenna.
  
     Syn: dish aerial, dish antenna, saucer. [PJC]
  
     8. a very attractive woman or young lady, especaially one
        sexually attractive; -- sometimes considered offensive and
        sexist; as, the departmental secretary is quite a dish.
        [slang]
  
     Syn: smasher, stunner, knockout, beauty, sweetheart, peach,
          lulu, looker, mantrap, dish. [WordNet 1.5 + PJC]
  
     9. a favorite activity, or an activity at which one excels.
        [slang]
  
     Syn: cup of tea, bag. [WordNet 1.5 + PJC]
  
     10. the quantity that a dish will hold, or a dish filled with
         some material.
  
     Syn: dishful. [WordNet 1.5 + PJC]
  
     satellite dish a dish antenna used to receive signals from
        or to transmit signals to a satellite which transmits or
        receives radio signals. In most common usage, it refers to
        small dish antennas used to receive television programs
        broadcast from geostationary satellites.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dish antenna
      n 1: directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for
           microwave or radio frequency radiation [syn: dish, dish
           aerial, dish antenna, saucer]

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