mi·​cro·​phone | \ˈmī-krə-ˌfōn \

Definition of microphone 

: an instrument whereby sound waves are caused to generate or modulate an electric current usually for the purpose of transmitting or recording sound (such as speech or music)

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microphonic \ˌmī-​krə-​ˈfä-​nik \ adjective

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There was a step-and-repeat with W Hollywood logos, amps, and microphones in the hotel bar area waiting for their debut the following day, and the entire lobby had that hushed hustle a room gets when something is about to go down. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 Users can also disable Portal's microphone or physically shutter its camera in the Zuckerberg style. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Takes a Break from Privacy Scandals to Release a Smart Camera That Films You in Your Home," 8 Oct. 2018 When switched off, the microphone won’t pick up any Alexa or Portal requests. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is audaciously launching a video gadget for your home, called Portal. Is that a good idea?," 8 Oct. 2018 Video also gets an upgrade thanks to the chip, with new stereo sound thanks to the phone's four microphones. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Apple Event 2018 Live Blog: iPhone Updates, Announcements, and More," 12 Sep. 2018 And, to top it off, Simon's microphone also briefly broke off. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Enraged After Sacred Riana's Act Was Mysteriously "Cut Off"," 22 Aug. 2018 After acquiring Astro about a year ago, this week Logitech announced it’s acquiring microphone maker Blue, creator of the beloved Yeti and Snowball mics—a staple of many streaming setups and podcasters. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Valve's finally releasing a game again, Yakuza 6 might come to PC," 3 Aug. 2018 The interior houses six speakers, eight microphones, and a subwoofer. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter," 10 Aug. 2018 As if to throw this in our faces, the show starts with the accustomed concert-style line of microphone stands across the stage. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Terrence Mann Kills It As 'Sweeney Todd' At CT Rep," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of microphone

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microphone was in 1878

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English Language Learners Definition of microphone

: a device into which people speak or sing in order to record their voices or to make them sound louder


mi·​cro·​phone | \ˈmī-krə-ˌfōn \

Kids Definition of microphone

: an instrument in which sound is changed into an electrical signal for transmitting or recording (as in radio or television)


mi·​cro·​phone | \ˈmī-krə-ˌfōn \

Medical Definition of microphone 

: an instrument whereby sound waves are caused to generate or modulate an electric current usually for the purpose of transmitting or recording sound (as speech or music)

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