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 The officer repeatedly issued orders over a loudspeaker to get the driver to stop. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "OVI suspect tells officers to beware of cat: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 10 Oct. 2020 As people were gathering at the park, a Portland police officer used a loudspeaker to warn people not to march on the street. oregonlive, "Portland police officer drives motorcycle into protester at Friday night demonstration," 3 Oct. 2020 An hour later, the sheriff drove through her apartment complex with a loudspeaker, warning everyone to leave immediately. Emma Pattee, Glamour, "Oregon Fires: What People Took and What They Left Behind," 14 Sep. 2020 Around 200 people gathered at Jefferson Square Park — which has served as a home base local protests — as the announcement was played on a loudspeaker. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "'This city has failed us': Protesters angered over lack of indictments in Breonna Taylor case," 23 Sep. 2020 The first involves driving into the bush and broadcasting distress calls of a prey species, such as a Cape buffalo, over a loudspeaker—then noting how many lions show up. Alexander Braczkowski, National Geographic, "Why we don’t really know how many lions live in Africa," 4 Sep. 2020 Soon, there was a firefighter over a loudspeaker ordering evacuations in the small subdivision of homes on 5- to 10-acre lots at the end of English Hills Road. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "He collected classic Chevys. She collected Ginny dolls. The LNU fires incinerated it all," 25 Aug. 2020 Over a loudspeaker, police ordered protesters to travel to the south, protesters remained and moved closer to police, pushing burning dumpsters foot by foot closer to the police line. oregonlive, "Building awning set aflame; police declare riot, deploy tear gas in 88th night of Portland protests Sunday," 24 Aug. 2020 At a New Hampshire rally the next day, several attendees disregarded a state order to wear a mask – and booed when an announcer reminded them of the requirement over a loudspeaker. Fortune, "Trump and his top aides have stopped wearing masks after a brief effort," 3 Sep. 2020

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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 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio)

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


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Kids Definition of loudspeaker

: an electronic device that makes sound louder

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