loud·​speak·​er | \ˈlau̇d-ˌspē-kər \

Definition of loudspeaker 

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

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There’s tour buses, music blasting over loudspeakers, hundreds of people congregated in brightly colored shirts. As Told To Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina," 21 Nov. 2018 First up is the loudspeaker, which sounds very nice on this phone, but is woefully inadequate in terms of volume. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 Nao robots have six omnidirectional microphones and two loudspeakers, combined with two eyes that each have 5-megapixel cameras for facial detection. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Robots Can Be Pretty Convincing When They Ask You Not to Shut Them Down," 3 Aug. 2018 Image The mosque loudspeakers that rallied Gaza residents to the protests on Monday were largely silent on Tuesday, and the crowds were much smaller. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Violence Ebbs but Tensions Do Not in Gaza," 15 May 2018 Later in the day, mosque loudspeakers urged Gaza residents to head to the border encampments. Time, "15 Palestinians Killed, 1,000 Wounded by Israel Fire in Gaza Border Protests," 30 Mar. 2018 Before the show, the voices of Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani, Aretha Franklin and KT Tunstall crooned over the loudspeakers. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Gloria: A Life Is One Part Theater Experience, One Part Group Therapy," 19 Oct. 2018 Then suddenly the countdown begins over the loudspeakers. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018 Since then, the Koreas dismantled their frontline propaganda loudspeakers, restored a military hotline and held their first general-level talks since 2007. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of loudspeaker

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loudspeaker was in 1920

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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 \

Kids Definition of loudspeaker

: an electronic device that makes sound louder

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