pho·​no·​graph | \ ˈfō-nə-ˌgraf How to pronounce phonograph (audio) \

Definition of phonograph

: an instrument for reproducing sounds by means of the vibration of a stylus or needle following a spiral groove on a revolving disc or cylinder

Examples of phonograph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lid of a phonograph player is propped open, and Louis Armstrong growls soulfully in the background. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 13 Apr. 2021 In this way, Silver has amassed a collection of rare phonograph records from the era of Jewish musical stardom in North Africa, a period roughly corresponding with the first half of the twentieth century. Asaf Shalev,, 17 Mar. 2021 The night before the opening, a grand ball was held with and orchestra in the ballroom, and a Victrola phonograph played music outside on the promenade. James Hale, Arkansas Online, 25 Feb. 2021 The answer is one in which the North Pole appears at the center of the north side of the phonograph record, with longitude lines spreading out equally from it where the scale on each longitude line is uniform, and similarly for the south side. J. Richard Gott, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2021 His brother set up an audio-visual service at the eastern end of the property and repaired and sold film projectors and phonograph equipment. Jacques Kelly,, 29 Dec. 2020 Owned by a former Texan named Thomas Tally and his brothers, the parlors hawked Thomas Edison’s phonograph at locations in Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2020 As the phonograph collecting community dwindles and interest wanes, who continues the search? Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2020 During the rest of 1893, the Tally Bros. Phonograph Parlors placed a series of ads in local papers that hyped the phonograph’s potential. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of phonograph

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phonograph

phono- + -graph

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The first known use of phonograph was in 1877

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18 May 2021

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“Phonograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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pho·​no·​graph | \ ˈfō-nə-ˌgraf How to pronounce phonograph (audio) \

Kids Definition of phonograph

: an instrument that reproduces sounds recorded on a grooved disk

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