amplifier

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​er | \ ˈam-plə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce amplifier (audio) \

Definition of amplifier

: one that amplifies specifically : an electronic device (as in a stereo system) for amplifying voltage, current, or power

Examples of amplifier in a Sentence

He plugged his electric guitar into an amplifier.

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To get them into the public lexicon, media manipulators must convince major media amplifiers to work on their behalf. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks," 18 Sep. 2018 With its wider Echo speaker-like design, the Echo Sub includes a 6-inch down-firing woofer and a 100W deep bass amplifier. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared," 22 Nov. 2018 Specs-wise, the P Zero Sound measures 12.9-inches in diameter, weighs 21 pounds, has a 100-watt amplifier, Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX for wireless connectivity, a 100mm midwoofer and a 25mm tweeter. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Pirelli made a tire-shaped Bluetooth speaker that isn’t actually made from tires," 26 July 2018 The Sonos Play:5 is a powerful speaker, Sonos' best selling one, with six amplifiers and six dedicated speaker drivers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Get a Jumpstart on Your Smart Home With These Echo Deals," 28 Nov. 2017 My next move was to get an amplifier and a pair of passive monitor speakers. Paul Miller, The Verge, "Hearing music again," 6 May 2018 Most potential population structures didn’t seem theoretically capable of being strong amplifiers. John Rennie, WIRED, "This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving," 1 July 2018 The group isn't composed of one or two DJs tucked behind a set of decks hidden behind a wall of amplifiers and screens. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Grammy-nominated electronic dance band headlines Solstice Brewfest in Denali," 21 June 2018 The laptop connects to a homespun hemispherical speaker, made by adding car speaker drivers and high-efficiency amplifiers to Ikea salad bowls. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Aural Magic of Stanford's Laptop Orchestra," 8 June 2018

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1546, in the meaning defined above

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amplifier

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amplifier

: a device that increases the strength of electric signals so that sounds played through an electronic system are louder

amplifier

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​er | \ ˈam-plə-ˌfī-ər How to pronounce amplifier (audio) \

Kids Definition of amplifier

: a device that increases the strength of electric signals so that sounds played through an electronic system are louder

amplifier

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​er | \ ˈam-plə-ˌfī(ə)r How to pronounce amplifier (audio) \

Medical Definition of amplifier

: one that amplifies specifically : an electronic device (as in a computer or sound-reproducing system) for amplifying voltage, current, or power

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