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)
microphonicplay \ˌmī-krə-ˈfä-nik\ adjective
Recent Examples of microphone from the Web
Despite having one hand in Chrissy’s and the other around his microphone, John managed to pull a sneak attack on the wardrobe malfunction situation.
According the Peter Jest, owner of Shank Hall where Corey Feldman & The Angels were playing, the lead singer knocked his own tooth out with his microphone about 30 minutes into his set.
Martinez, representing the 2004 World Series champions, stepped to the microphone and went directly to the legend.
Almost every time a new exemption to the state’s public records or open meetings laws came up, Geller took up his microphone on the House floor to tell his fellow members of the House where the foundation stood on the issue.
There’s an astonishing clip in the movie of a gay-rights rally for New York Pride in 1973, when a transgender instigator of Stonewall, Sylvia Rivera, forced herself onstage and grabbed the microphone.
Walsh stepped up to the microphone to announce the Pacers' first pick of the 1987 draft.
After a long pause, Priestap reached for his microphone but didn’t appear to turn it on.
Peter Butera, the Pennsylvania high school valedictorian who had his microphone cut off when his graduation speech turned critical of school administrators, finally got a chance to finish his thoughts.
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Origin and Etymology of microphone
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1878See Words from the same year
MICROPHONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of microphone for English Language Learners
: a device into which people speak or sing in order to record their voices or to make them sound louder
MICROPHONE Defined for Kids
Definition of microphone for Students
: an instrument in which sound is changed into an electrical signal for transmitting or recording (as in radio or television)
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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