hy·​dro·​phone | \ ˈhī-drə-ˌfōn How to pronounce hydrophone (audio) \

Definition of hydrophone

: an instrument for listening to sound transmitted through water

Examples of hydrophone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is a hydrophone that will be used to listen continuously to sounds underwater, feeding the data to software that has been trained to identify whale songs. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2021 Megan Winton, a scientist with the conservancy, submerged a hydrophone to check whether the shark bore a pinging tag. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 The hydrophone aboard the bright yellow and blue buoy, with brethren up and down the East Coast, hasn’t tracked a whale since it was plopped in the water in late May, though some are expected as the fall draws closer, Fandel said. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 4 Aug. 2021 And early in the cruise, fishing gear got tangled in the 15-kilometer-long hydrophone cable. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 30 June 2021 The hydrophone collected data for two minutes every twenty minutes each day; the study focuses on data collected between July and October of 2017. Ellie Shechet, Popular Science, 26 Feb. 2021 Daphne also tows a hydrophone to collect corroborating audio, such as the whine of a hydraulic winch hoisting a fishing net. Vanessa Minke-martin, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2020 During the summer, the songs picked up by the hydrophone took place mostly at night. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, 2 Oct. 2020 Floating near the shipping lanes of the Santa Barbara Channel, the buoy is attached to an underwater microphone, known as a hydrophone, positioned 200 meters deep on the seafloor. Matt Simon, Wired, 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hydrophone

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrophone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrophone. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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