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

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In the 140-odd years since Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, countless recordings have been made under the auspices of record companies. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 Led by one of the world’s great visionary inventors, with patents on the phonograph, movie camera and light bulb, Edison, Inc., went out of business in 1985. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: Under Jim Delany, Big Ten grew into a beast," 5 June 2019 Other works are just as iconic but no longer produced and are treated as collectors’ items, such as the legendary SK 4 phonograph-radio (1956) designed in collaboration with Hans Gugelot. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Dieter Rams: Principled Design’ Review: Improving, Not Replacing," 20 Nov. 2018 John Hauger, who collects antique phonographs and records and is a history buff of the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, will serve as guest speaker. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Grayslake antique market doubles in size for summer," 25 June 2018 Several old phonographs are on display in the front window and a jukebox sits nearby. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Vinyl lovers are making their way to newly opened Audiophil's Records in Joliet," 5 July 2018 From the invention of the phonograph in 1877 to the boom in streaming services today, the music industry has had to constantly adapt to emerging technology. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Creditors Probe Gibson’s Pre-Bankruptcy Dealings With Lenders," 29 June 2018 In 1948, Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York., "This day in history," 17 June 2018 In September, records, phonographs and books will be displayed and sold by the Wisconsin Illinois Musical Antique Phonograph Society. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Grayslake antique market doubles in size for summer," 25 June 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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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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