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

Examples of microphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each was just a lone man in a room talking into a microphone and dealing with audio delay. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Tech titans gave their House testimony virtually. But it was the congressmen who departed from reality.," 29 July 2020 Not My Son’s leaders have turned over the microphone to anyone who wants to speak at their rallies. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "How Dallas’ new Not My Son organization is making protesters’ voices heard as it calls for police accountability," 21 June 2020 Wisconsin congressman Glenn Grothman broke out into an unmasked coughing fit at the microphone of his speech at the GOP state convention in Green Bay on Saturday. Genevieve Redsten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Twitter reacts to congressman Glenn Grothman's coughing fit during Wisconsin GOP convention speech," 12 July 2020 To mitigate risk of transmission, no handheld microphone will be spoken into or shared, Manyweather said. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "OL Masterminds Summit proceeding in person despite rising COVID-19 cases in D-FW area," 10 July 2020 Women passed the microphone through the audience to describe how machismo culture has weighed on them. Victoria Stunt, Quartz, "How men in Latin America are unlearning machismo," 9 July 2020 With that, the chancellor leaned back into his microphone. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "President Trump wants to know if Alabama will play football this fall," 7 July 2020 Speakers at the tailgate used a microphone and speaker placed in the back of a pickup truck throughout the event. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Protesters gather at Arizona Capitol on Fourth of July in support of individuals' rights," 6 July 2020 That being said, the dictation accuracy and microphone quality are quite high here. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Surface Earbuds deliver on comfort and sound, but the price leaves you wanting more," 2 July 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Microphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microphone. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for microphone

microphone

noun
How to pronounce microphone (audio)

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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