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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The free tier launching in 2020 is limited to 1080p60 with stereo sound, and requires 10Mbps of bandwidth to stream at 720p. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Google’s Stadia game service is officially coming November: Everything you need to know," 6 June 2019 But the seat and steering wheel adjustments are manual here, the stereo system is simpler, and the seats are cloth, not leather. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I'll Be Damned, the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Is Actually Here," 28 Feb. 2019 Apple rolled out AirPlay 2 as part of its iOS 11.4 update in late May, enabling its HomePod speaker to play the same audio across speakers in separate rooms, as well as the ability to play a pair of HomePods in stereo. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "AirPlay has finally made its way to Sonos speakers," 11 July 2018 So a home stereo with a small antenna mounted near a window or on the outside of your house will fare better than a boom box. Heather Newman, ELLE Decor, "Radio Revamp," 5 July 2012 Video also gets an upgrade thanks to the chip, with new stereo sound thanks to the phone's four microphones. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Apple Event 2018 Live Blog: iPhone Updates, Announcements, and More," 12 Sep. 2018 Browse the project's archive of detailed color images of the Martian landscape, many of which are in stereo pairs—so have your old-fashioned 3D glasses ready. Kiona Smith-strickland, Popular Mechanics, "Citizen Space: How to Study the Universe Without Leaving Home," 10 Jan. 2014 The volume on the stereo grew louder, snapping Burl Ives's jolly croon into a scalding screech. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 2018 The huge speaker grilles that flank the screen stereo might be an eyesore to some buyers, but having a rich audio experience on a phone can turn a decent mobile game and into a memorable one. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Phone 2 review: it glows, but it doesn’t shine," 22 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In addition to the notch, there's also a sizable bottom bezel featuring one of the two front stereo speakers. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 This interest ran the gamut from cars to stereo equipment, computers and even barbeque., "Christopher W. Duarte," 1 July 2018 The update released this month adds HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2 support. Josie Colt, WIRED, "All the Gear, Gadgets, and Apps We Loved in May," 31 May 2018 But one barometer never lies: the distinct boom of the speakers outfitted onto the cars driving down your block with windows open and stereo blaring. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ Is the Song of the Summer," 29 May 2018 Our review unit included 16GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM, 256GB of storage in the form of a M.2 2280 PCIe SSD, stereo speakers, a Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 network adapter for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 75WHr battery. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: Meet the child of Intel and AMD’s unholy union," 23 May 2018 The first step was to follow up on an old lead: stereo equipment that belonged to the victim's older brother, John-Paul Weidner, which was stolen from the Weidners' house at the time of the murder. Kristine Guerra, Indianapolis Star, "From the archives: Amy Weidner's 1989 cold-case murder solved by IMPD officer Bill Carter via Facebook," 17 Apr. 2014 Play some tunes: Mazda’s stereo sound remains excellent, about an A-, and among the best down here in the low end of the range. Scott Sturgis,, "Mazda takes a good thing - its CX-5 - and tinkers with it," 17 Apr. 2018 This model has stereo speakers on the bottom (the iPad Pro has a better speaker configuration). Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "2018 iPad review: Content creation with compromises," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of stereo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of electronic equipment that plays the radio, CDs, etc., and that uses two speakers for the sound
: a way of recording and playing back sound so that the sound comes from two directions



English Language Learners Definition of stereo (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a system that directs sound through two speakers


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

Other Words from stereo

stereo adjective stereo speakers

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