public-address system

variants: or public address system

Definition of public-address system

: an apparatus including a microphone and loudspeakers used for broadcasting (as to an audience in an auditorium)

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Fair staff urged, via the public-address system, vendors to secure loose items and visitors to seek shelter as the weather worsened and a steady rain came down. David Anderson,, "Harford County Farm Fair opens with bout of severe weather," 23 July 2019 Each person’s name becomes a shout, an electronic rumbling on the public-address system, a handle, no longer a name, a thing by which the handler takes hold. Earl Shorris, Harper's magazine, "El Corralón," 24 June 2019 Inside the embassy, an announcement over the public-address system said that an incident had occurred. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Explosion Near U.S. Embassy in Beijing," 26 July 2018 But there are no bleachers, no scoreboards, no public-address systems for the matches. New York Times, "Fields of Green," 8 July 2018 Under the procedure, referees are instructed to stop the game for an announcement on the public-address system when discriminatory behavior is seen or heard. Kevin Baxter,, "Mexican soccer federation fined for discriminatory chants at World Cup," 20 June 2018 The school’s fight song blared through the public-address system. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "A nice outcome in tough times for UMKC: Might it draw more fans to Municipal?," 19 Jan. 2018 Police, using their public-address system, ordered to man to place his hands outside the Ranger. Bob Sandrick,, "Drunk man caught with gun in coat, gun in car; wandering repairman steals snow blower: Berea police blotter," 11 Jan. 2018 Hometown hip-hop played on the arena public-address system throughout the night, and Detroit rapper Dej Loaf performed on the court ahead of the game. Brian Mccollum, USA TODAY, "Eminem surprises Detroit Pistons crowd, welcomes team 'back to our city' in LCA debut," 19 Oct. 2017

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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