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 Some people still use typewriters and phonographs, never buying into their replacements. Jonathon Keats, Wired, "Film Photography Can Never Be Replaced," 21 Apr. 2020 The phonograph came about because Edison had been experimenting with telephones, trying to improve on Alexander Graham Bell’s transmitter to achieve better sound quality across longer distances. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019 There was the light bulb and the phonograph, of course, but also the kinetoscope, the dictating machine, the alkaline battery, and the electric meter. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019 About his neck dangles what appears to be a gold record, or phonograph. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra unveils Bravo! The Badger mascot on April Fools' Day," 1 Apr. 2018 In 1924, the election by phonograph was replaced with the first radio campaign ads. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Biden’s Best Bet Is a Front-Porch Campaign," 30 Aug. 2019 My meat was a quarter-million phonograph recordings of every genre, every speed, strong to 1950s R&B and jazz. Steve West,, "Creating a new pinball wizard | Opinion," 23 Aug. 2019 Edison invented the phonograph, bringing music into homes, and perfected the incandescent bulb, which lighted up houses far better than candles and smoky oil lamps. Jeff Guinn, WSJ, "The Invention of the Summer Road Trip," 29 June 2019 What has arrived, though, are the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elwood first hears the powerful speeches of the civil rights hero from a phonograph record given to him by his grandmother. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Nickel Boys’ reckons with a legacy of racism and abuse," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of phonograph

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Phonograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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