public-address system

noun
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)

Examples of public-address system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People took turns talking through a public-address system, and most of the speeches were more personal than political. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Deputies used a public-address system to warn him to leave the island, the report said. Johnny Diaz, New York Times, "Man Camped on Disney World Island at Shuttered Park, Police Say," 3 May 2020 As the procession goes around Monument Circle, a public-address system will play audio, including words from Mayor Joe Hogsett. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about officer Breann Leath's funeral," 15 Apr. 2020 Modly’s remarks were broadcast on the ship’s public-address system and recorded by some crew members. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "A Very Trumpian Response to the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt Controversy," 8 Apr. 2020 Why is the quality of the captain's public-address system so bad compared to the ones that the flight attendants use? John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Why can I hear the flight attendant's PA fine but not the pilot's?," 4 Apr. 2020 The music playing on the public-address system inside Gill Coliseum shut off, too. oregonlive, "Canzano: Death of Kobe Bryant and the Civil War that became about much more than basketball," 27 Jan. 2020 That included a 31-27 setback against Michigan that was announced on the Camp Randall public-address system in the first quarter of the game against Iowa, assuring the Badgers and their fans that a win would give Wisconsin a berth in the Rose Bowl. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you forgot about Ron Dayne's magical 1999 run to the NCAA all-time rushing record," 7 Nov. 2019 His digging routine with a crude shovel attached to a stick began when nightly radio broadcasts were played over the prison’s public-address system. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "As the Maryland Penitentiary faces demolition, a look back at a famous escape," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of public-address system

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Public-address system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public-address%20system. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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