loud·​speak·​er | \ ˈlau̇d-ˌspē-kər How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio) \

Definition of loudspeaker

: a device that changes electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance

Examples of loudspeaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, a woman announced plans over a loudspeaker for a protest march around the Capitol, which drew cheers on a day when the heat climbed past 100 degrees. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 An officer with Elyria police used a loudspeaker and asked everyone to leave. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 14 Aug. 2021 Some officers had their guns draw — and police dogs were on hand — as one officer used a loudspeaker in a police vehicle to instruct the suspect to surrender peacefully. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 Deputies called commands over a loudspeaker for the driver to get out of his vehicle. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Aug. 2021 In their latest experiment, André and his colleagues used a loudspeaker to blare tanks of Neptune grass with a dynamic mix of artificial sounds with frequencies from 50 to 400 hertz, spanning the range typically associated with human activity. Ashley Braun, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2021 The plane was almost entirely media, and apparently a few athletes (as the pilot announced over the loudspeaker) and had maybe 60 people on it. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2021 To pursue change, Gen Z also has something that my generation didn’t have: a loudspeaker - - social media. Michael Stone, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Bang & Olufsen’s latest loudspeaker is the Beolab 28, whose appearance is anything but speaker-like. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of loudspeaker

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Loudspeaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loudspeaker. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loudspeaker

: a device that is used to make sound (such as music or a person's voice) louder and to send it out so that many people can hear it in a public space


loud·​speak·​er | \ ˈlau̇d-ˈspē-kər How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of loudspeaker

: an electronic device that makes sound louder

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