microphone

noun
mi·​cro·​phone | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌfōn How to pronounce microphone (audio) \

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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Other Words from microphone

microphonic \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈfä-​nik How to pronounce microphonic (audio) \ adjective

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There's also a backlit keyboard and an HD webcam with a microphone. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "HP’s x360 14 Chromebook is a big change from last year’s model," 9 Oct. 2018 Band members describe playing the studio like an instrument, with microphones always live and tape constantly running. David Renard, New York Times, "Can Was 40 Years Ahead of Its Time. A New Book Helps Us Catch Up.," 12 June 2018 Charges: Insubordination, neglect of duty, willful disobedience Penalty: The captain with the hot microphone had a two-week suspension with no pay. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Poop jokes, trash talk and a gun at work – a look at Cal Fire's crackdown on misconduct | The Sacramento Bee," 24 May 2018 The 22-year-old mass communications graduate at Arizona State University adorned his cap with pieces of paper made to look like a TV set with a picture of himself on the screen, smiling with a microphone in his hand. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "As students express themselves on caps, commencement formality goes by the (mortar)boards," 11 May 2018 That Oscar had microphones in its ears, as a way of testing sound for radio broadcasts. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "How Did the Academy Award Become the ‘Oscar’?," 22 Feb. 2019 The aluminum sides have only a power button, SIM tray, a pair of microphones, and a USB-C port. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm Phone Review: Fun, endearing, and bad at everything," 1 Dec. 2018 Microsoft has equipped the Surface Headphones with no fewer than eight microphones: each ear cup carries two mics for picking up the user’s voice and another two mics for NC. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Microsoft Surface Headphones review: all the style without the polish," 15 Nov. 2018 Koehler and Moore relied on a biomechanical engineer, who compared patrol-car video from outside the apartment building and full audio of the call, recorded on the officers’ microphones, to the hallway surveillance video. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Two attorneys ordered to pay more than $24,000 over perjury allegation against Seattle police officer who shot Charleena Lyles," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of microphone

1878, in the meaning defined above

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microphone

noun

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

microphone

noun
mi·​cro·​phone | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌfōn How to pronounce microphone (audio) \

Kids Definition of microphone

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

microphone

noun
mi·​cro·​phone | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌfōn How to pronounce microphone (audio) \

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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