designating or of the combination of two different radio frequencies to produce beats whose frequencies are equal to the sum or difference of the original frequencies
Origin of heterodynehetero- + dyne
to combine two different frequencies so as to produce beats
Having alternating currents of two different frequencies that are combined to produce two new frequencies, the sum and difference of the original frequencies, either of which may be used in radio or television receivers by proper tuning or filtering.
transitive verbhet·er·o·dyned, het·er·o·dyn·ing, het·er·o·dynes
To combine (a radio-frequency wave) with a locally generated wave of different frequency in order to produce a new frequency equal to the sum or difference of the two.
Origin of heterodynehetero– + -dyne, power, frequency (from Greek dunamis, power; see dynamic).
(third-person singular simple present heterodynes, present participle heterodyning, simple past and past participle heterodyned)
hetero- + -dyne