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dead air

An unintended interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound.
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dead′ air′

the loss or suspension of the video or audio signal during a television or radio transmission.
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Noun1.dead air - an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sounddead air - an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound
pause, suspension, intermission, interruption, break - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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He clutched the black's neck tightly, and drew a long breath; but the dead air seemed to shrivel his lungs, and he dropped his head and dozed till the house was reached.
To the very death chamber of O-Mai the Cruel we came and yet we were ready to go farther; when suddenly there broke upon our horrified ears the moans and the shrieking that mark these haunted chambers and the hangings moved and rustled in the dead air. O-Tar, it was more than human nerves could endure.
Daylight saw the Arangi under way, her sails drooping heavily in the dead air while the boat's crew toiled at the oars of the whaleboat to tow her out through the narrow entrance.
Not a breath came from the dead air. Not a ripple stirred on the motionless water.
So then we waited about the small fire, and the dead air in the room presently filled and pressed down upon us with the sensation(but words are useless here) as though some dumb and bound power were striving against gag and bond to deliver its soul of an articulate word.
Wacker Drive studios resulted in 10 minutes of dead air at the end of Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder's midday show.
The hosts - who brought to life beloved characters Edd the Duck and Gordon the Gopher - would also have to battle snapping cartoon reels and technical difficulties that would leave them filling dead air live on children's TV.
The pilot feels as if it has been stretched out for the sake of it -- as a result, acres of dead air surround each joke
But he said them, and as he did, perhaps his mam stopped rocking so hard, perhaps the room slowed, and perhaps the light coming in through the window didn't have to push so hard through the dead air.
Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2018 --( Dead Air signals trouble at the radio station.
The CEOs of Dead Air Silencers, Gemtech, Silencer Shop and several senior ATF representatives successfully pilot-tested a new barCodesystem and form generator for the transfer of NFA products.
Another exceptional, riveting read from a master of the genre, "Dead Air" by David A.

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