loud·​speak·​er ˈlau̇d-ˌspē-kər How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio)
: 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 For the past two weeks, candidates have greeted voters at subway stations, woven through their districts on trucks mounted with loudspeakers, and even knelt and bowed before voters, as is customary here. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2024 In 2023, New York City and Minneapolis permitted the call to prayer to be broadcast over loudspeakers. Jason Derose, NPR, 2 Apr. 2024 Police and other emergency officials would also walk the streets with loudspeakers to announce any alarms, officials said. Siobhán O'Grady, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 The morning worship is piped in through loudspeakers. Sandhya Dirks, NPR, 30 Mar. 2024 To be summoned over the loudspeaker to help him in the bathroom. Deborah Sontag, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Tweaking the right piece of biological machinery — in this case, a specific ion channel — can drastically change performance, just as twisting the volume dial does on a loudspeaker. Quanta Magazine, 11 Mar. 2024 By strictly aligning the signal arrival in time to the listener’s ear, Wilson Audio’s laboratory-grade loudspeakers precisely control voice and timbre, image depth, and more to create a truly three-dimensional, holographic soundstage. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2024 An announcement over the loudspeaker reminded fans to stay in the stands; Carondelet still had three seconds remaining and called a timeout. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loudspeaker was in 1920

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“Loudspeaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loudspeaker. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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loud·​speak·​er -ˈspē-kər How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio)
: a device that changes electrical signals into sound

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