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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But with her microphone out, her message could not be heard. James Barron, BostonGlobe.com, "Power restored after failure leaves Manhattan’s West Side, and subway, in the dark," 14 July 2019 But with her microphone out, her message could not be heard. James Barron, New York Times, "Power Restored to Manhattan’s West Side After Major Blackout," 13 July 2019 The authorities cut her microphone, and Askari’s permission to perform was briefly suspended. Washington Post, "At Tehran symphony, music lovers seek escape from reality," 6 July 2019 Angels manager Brad Ausmus did a double take at one of the microphone flags in front of him Wednesday. Jack Harris, latimes.com, "Tommy La Stella not an All-Star starter despite Angels’ imaginative efforts," 27 June 2019 The Wednesday broadcast had some glitches, including microphone problems, and the camera had to jump around between 10 presidential hopefuls. Gerry Smith, Fortune, "First Democratic Debate Was Most-Watched TV Program Last Night," 27 June 2019 Silicon Valley issues overall got less air time than the NBC moderators’ hot microphone snafu. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Amazon was the only tech giant called out on the debate stage," 27 June 2019 With privacy becoming an increasing concern for smartphone users, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri was pressed about whether the app can eavesdrop on users’ personal conversations using the device’s microphone to target their advertisements. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Gayle King Asks Instagram Chief If the App Is Listening to Your Conversations to Pick Ads," 25 June 2019 For an excruciating minute, Benji attempted unsuccessfully to adjust the height of the microphone stand. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019

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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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