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

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The universe’s loudspeaker is on your heart, Centaur. Colin Bedell, Cosmopolitan, "Your Horoscope for the Week of March 5," 4 Mar. 2018 Music over the loudspeaker competed with dozens of video game theme songs and sound effects. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Super smashed and trashed at Brewcade in SF," 17 Jan. 2018 Police warned residents by loudspeaker to stay out of the area near the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Edgewater Road. Patrick May, The Denver Post, "Rookie Sacramento police officer from Bay Area shot and killed during domestic call," 20 June 2019 Only when the loudspeakers call the end of break do the machines start up again, ready for their humans to feed them more packages. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One," 5 June 2019 In the lab, the team placed each dog with its owner between two loudspeakers in the center of a testing booth, so that the animals had to turn their head 90 degrees to look at a speaker. Linda Lombardi, National Geographic, "Dogs can tune out noise, just like people at cocktail parties," 30 Apr. 2019 Cheers and whoops drowned out the pop music blaring from the loudspeakers. Laura Parker, WSJ, "The Next Generation of Competitive Gamers Is…Over 60?," 14 May 2019 Where Jong-su drives a truck, Ben tools around in a Porsche; where Jong-su lives on his family’s farm blasted by propaganda from North Korean loudspeakers, Ben has a sleek apartment in the posh Gangnam neighborhood immortalized by Psy. John Powers, Vogue, "Burning Is the New Thriller About Toxic Masculinity That You Didn’t Know You Needed," 26 Oct. 2018 Red-white-and-blue beach balls bounced atop the line, rock-concert style, as the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd blared through loudspeakers. Manny Fernandez, The Seattle Times, "Line for Trump’s Houston rally formed more than a day in advance," 22 Oct. 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 How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of loudspeaker

: an electronic device that makes sound louder

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