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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In 2000, the city of 13,000 people was at the center of a landmark US Supreme Court decision that banned students from leading pregame prayer over loudspeakers. BostonGlobe.com, "Mother of victim suggests motive for Texas school shooting," 20 May 2018 The 6-mile-long downtown Enghelab, or Revolution, Street was decorated with huge balloons as loudspeakers blared out revolutionary and nationalist songs. Nasser Karimi, The Seattle Times, "Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution," 11 Feb. 2019 The sheriff has said the fire was moving fast, but authorities still alerted residents in a variety of ways, including going door-to-door and using loudspeakers on emergency vehicles. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Sudhin Thanawala, Fox News, "Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history," 31 July 2018 Around 20,000 Palestinians gathered in several parts along the border fence between Gaza and Israel after Hamas called for protests on mosque loudspeakers and the radio, according to Israel’s military. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Six Palestinians Die in Clashes at Gaza-Israel Border," 28 Sep. 2018 At that moment on the stadium loudspeakers Bruce Springsteen sang about a friend who used to be a big baseball player, and about how glory days pass you by in the wink of a young girl’s eye. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Gabe Kapler Is an Analytics Fanatic Addicted to Fitness. Are Phillies Fans Ready to Embrace Him?," 10 Apr. 2018 An ominous warning about safety liability blares over the loudspeaker. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018 The office is also planning to roll out in-car signs and loudspeaker announcements in the new year, according to a spokesman. Kate King, WSJ, "Man Dies While Walking Between New York City Subway Cars," 30 Dec. 2018 Aside from bans on religious teaching for minors and removal of signs promoting halal food, mosques were asked to stop sounding calls to prayer over loudspeakers and required to fly the Chinese national flag. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of loudspeaker

1920, in the meaning defined above

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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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