ste·​reo | \ ˈster-ē-ˌō How to pronounce stereo (audio) , ˈstir- \
plural stereos

Definition of stereo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 [by shortening]
a : stereophonic reproduction
b : a stereophonic sound system



Definition of stereo (Entry 2 of 2)

b : produced by or as if by means of a stereotype

Examples of stereo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new Ultima Pre 3 is suitable for use with a wide range of power amps, including Chord’s Ultima 5 and Ultima 6 stereo power amplifiers. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The new Grecale's stereo, for instance, should offer at least 10 speakers and more than 999 watts. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 15 Feb. 2022 The machinery in the box itself — a couple of components that looked like old stereo equipment — was exposed to the elements. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 And there was a stereo in the pool room where there was a pool table. Matt Wake |, al, 20 Apr. 2022 Grannan pointed out that the principles of stereo vision have been well-understood for quite a long time. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 15 Apr. 2022 This will result in a carbon negative product that encompasses energy use associated with mining the materials, pressing and shipping and the electricity consumed by the purchaser’s home stereo. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 29 Mar. 2022 There’s no stereo or touchscreen display to pollute the purity of the car’s vintage cabin, but a pair of USB ports, hidden beneath the central arm rest, are offered as an option. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Choices this episode include a diarrhea-brown truck, a sedan even people who owned one forget was a reality, a yellow thing with a Kenwood stereo, another thing this writer can't recall several minutes after the show, and, duh, a Mustang. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 4 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Two PartyBoxes can be synced together to work as a stereo pair for even more impact. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 The iPad mini also will get stereo speakers for improved sound, Apple said. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 Other owners chimed in and said that their speakers can power on, but won’t connect in stereo pair or even play on their own. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 8 July 2021 Ingenuity's cameras will collect stereo imagery of sand ripples and rocks. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 21 May 2021 The speakers on the monitor and camera are tiny, so don’t expect stereo quality. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 20 May 2021 The lenses are stereo color displays that automatically adjust for brightness, up to 2,000 nits. Lauren Goode, Wired, 20 May 2021 The StormBox Pro can also be paired with a second StormBox Pro to produce a full stereo effect or to fill a larger space by mirroring the sound of the primary speaker. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Speakers can be grouped to play in sync, or paired in the same room for more immersive, stereo sound. Mark Vena, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stereo


circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for stereo


ste·​reo | \ ˈster-ē-ˌō How to pronounce stereo (audio) , ˈstir- \
plural stereos

Kids Definition of stereo

: a sound system that reproduces the effect of listening to the original sound

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stereo adjective stereo speakers

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