ear·​piece | \ ˈir-ˌpēs How to pronounce earpiece (audio) \

Definition of earpiece

1 : the part of an instrument (such as a telephone, stethoscope, or hearing aid) that is placed against or inserted into the outer opening of the ear especially : earphone
2 : one of the two sidepieces that support eyeglasses by passing over or behind the ears

Examples of earpiece in a Sentence

the earpiece of a stethoscope
Recent Examples on the Web The home-plate umpire is equipped with an earpiece and the radar technology will signal whether a pitch was a ball or strike. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds catching prospect Tyler Stephenson breaks out offensively in Arizona Fall League," 26 Oct. 2019 Another factor that played into the design of the front is that the top incorporates the earpiece for calls, a front-facing camera, the SOLI sensor for gestures and Face Unlock, along with other sensors. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Pixel 4 and 4 XL sit among the stars of Android phones," 21 Oct. 2019 The small earpieces will offer five hours of battery life (and 19 more hours of charge in their case), and will be priced at $179. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Google wants to be more sustainable—nevermind all the new products it announced," 15 Oct. 2019 The notch, located at the top of the iPhone's screen, houses the earpiece and front-facing camera. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "5 iPhone 11 Questions That Apple Needs to Answer," 22 Aug. 2019 Under the system known as TrackMan, pitch location is determined digitally and relayed to umpires wearing tiny earpieces. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Should robots be calling balls and strikes? Baseball wrestles with the answer," 19 July 2019 For several pitches early in the game, deBrauwere's earpiece lost connection to the iPhone in his pocket, though the technology quickly recovered. Jacob Bogage, courant.com, "’Robot ump’ calls first Atlantic League baseball game with one hitch and no controversy," 11 July 2019 At first glance, counterfeit wireless earpieces and charging cases can look strikingly similar to Apple AirPods. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "How Do $40 Fake AirPods Compare to the Real Thing?," 3 Sep. 2019 Those who are visually impaired can use glasses with a camera connected to an earpiece, through which a person relays information about their surroundings. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "This state fair is becoming more inclusive for those with sensory disorders," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of earpiece

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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How to pronounce earpiece (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of earpiece

: a part of a device that is placed in the ear for listening to something
: either one of the two pieces that support eyeglasses by resting on the ears


ear·​piece | \ ˈi(ə)r-ˌpēs How to pronounce earpiece (audio) \

Medical Definition of earpiece

1 : a part of an instrument (as a stethoscope or hearing aid) that is inserted into the outer opening of the ear
2 : one of the two sidepieces that support eyeglasses by passing over or behind the ears

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