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

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Iowa State Fair hosts presidential candidates Twenty minutes, a microphone, lots of Iowans and the eyes of the nation. Editors, USA TODAY, "US mass shootings, Iowa State Fair, Sonia Sotomayor milestone: 5 things to know Thursday," 8 Aug. 2019 And an extra microphone added to this year’s phone helps support directional audio capture, while software reduces background noise. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Samsung’s New Galaxy Note Now Comes in Two Different Sizes," 7 Aug. 2019 An inward facing camera mounted on the dashboard captured the ride to the State Police post, and microphones picked up their conversation. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Malik McDowell's dreams crashed on his ATV: 'He's not the same person'," 28 July 2019 That dollar amount includes speakers and microphones that can be used for concerts or other events. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how much Carmel's Midtown Plaza and its big screen TV cost taxpayers," 22 July 2019 All the while, Curry, who’s been a PAL staff member for three years, announced play-by-play from a microphone attached to a portable stereo. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "‘It sounds cliche, but they are our future’: Baltimore County program engages students, especially over summer," 17 July 2019 As the final live debate of the Conservative leadership contest came to an end on Monday evening, the two men competing to be Britain’s next Prime Minister turned to one another, smiled, and bantered out of range of the room’s microphones. Billy Perrigo, Time, "On the Cusp of Power, Boris Johnson's Inflammatory Language on Islam Returns to Haunt Him," 16 July 2019 Last month, one moved into Petco Park during a Padres game, with several hundred bees settling onto a microphone near the first base dugout. San Diego Union-Tribune en Español, "Nature takes its course: Bees flourish after heavy rains, keeping removal companies busy," 9 July 2019 In addition to presiding over the ceremony, Xi has participated in it, standing through the sun roof of a car with microphones to inspect and address the 12,000 soldiers taking part in the festivities. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "How will Trump's display measure up? A look at huge military parades around the globe.," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of microphone

1878, in the meaning defined above

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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 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)


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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