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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On Twitter, Macron shared a video of himself sharing the stage with Femi Kuti (seen below holding the microphone in blue and red). Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Macron loosens up trip to Nigeria with visit to legendary Lagos nightclub," 4 July 2018 Two thousand miles away in Boston, a Brazilian mother separated from her 10-year-old son at the border 37 days ago approached the microphone. Author: Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘We care’: Family separation protest flood US cities," 30 June 2018 Fox needs to ditch the microphones around the players. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "TML: USGA made its golf course the story, not its U.S. Open winner," 18 June 2018 The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that Lulabel Seitz was appalled the microphone was muted during her June 2 speech. Fox News, "California valedictorian veers off script, has mic silenced," 10 June 2018 Afterwards, Trudeau passed the microphone to Macron, who responded for 10 minutes, insisting Europe was also facing barriers and that the U.S. was fudging the truth by not counting, for instance, American tech giants in trade flows. Josh Wingrove, BostonGlobe.com, "G-7’s iconic photo shows its success, depending on the angle," 9 June 2018 On stage, CeCe Teneal barely needed the microphone to fill the venue with sound. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "CeCe Teneal and Soul Kamotion take a long journey to debut album," 8 June 2018 Brzezinski then ripped the microphone off her shirt and slammed it on the desk and was joined by co-host Joe Scarborough, whereupon both of them walked away triumphantly. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Is Trump’s Biggest Frustration That He Can’t Watch Porn in the White House? MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Thinks So," 7 June 2018 Captain Andy handles the microphone and the afternoon is an inventory of his gratitude and his enthusiasm. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 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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