talking machine

noun

Definition of talking machine

: an early phonograph

Examples of talking machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So novel was the talking machine that many people refused to believe in its existence—understandably, since, up to that point in history, sound had been entirely ephemeral. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019 In the past fifty years, our talking machines have continued to evolve, but none of them have become as authentically malicious as HAL. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "“2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made," 17 Apr. 2018 There’s something about talking machines that just sets Mama’s nerves on edge. Southern Living, "Alexa's No Match for Mama," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of talking machine

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Talking machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talking%20machine. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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