talk·​ie | \ ˈtȯ-kē How to pronounce talkie (audio) \

Definition of talkie

: a motion picture with a synchronized soundtrack

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Many subscribers were willing to make the switch, but others were reluctant to hand in their old walkie-talkie-like devices. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "AT&T Gives 3G Service Three Years to Live," 21 Feb. 2019 The portable walkie talkies and car mobile radios were paid for in part through an Urban Area Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Laura Bednar,, "Independence Police Department joins three other cities to form combined dispatch center," 7 May 2018 Years later, Von Stroheim and Swanson made amends on the set of Sunset Boulevard, in which Swanson played a version of herself: an aging silent film star rendered irrelevant by the brave new world of talkies. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Parker Posey’s Excellent New Memoir Is an Ode to Eccentricity," 26 July 2018 Rising from the cotton fields and dusty roads not far from the dark fence marking the U.S.-Mexico border, the camp has rows of beige tents and golf carts that ferry staffers carrying walkie-talkies. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp," 28 Nov. 2018 Civilians, at first, used walkie-talkies to warn of warplanes. David Nath, Fox News, "Social media saves lives in Syria's Civil War," 21 Sep. 2018 This is a near 180-degree flip from the early talkies, when actors were required to practice their craft in almost complete service to the recording tech's limitations and capabilities. Jordan Kushins, Popular Mechanics, "A Brief History of Sound in Cinema," 24 Feb. 2016 Understandably, guests are escorted to and from their rooms at night, and walkie-talkies are provided in the rooms just in case. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 In that situation, says Daffey, ships would usually have to have crew members stationed around the vessel with walkie-talkies, informing the captain of upcoming hazards. James Vincent, The Verge, "Rolls-Royce is partnering with Intel to make self-driving ships a reality," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of talkie

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of talkie was in 1913

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English Language Learners Definition of talkie

old-fashioned : a movie with sound

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