tone·​arm | \ˈtōn-ˌärm \

Definition of tonearm 

: the movable part of a phonograph or record player that carries the pickup and permits the needle to follow the record groove

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Although Love does sport a conventional stylus, there’s no delicate dropping of needles into grooves or tonearm to balance. Andy Hermann, Billboard, "The Future of Vinyl: After a Decade of Growth, A Retro Biz Spins Forward," 20 Apr. 2018 The tonearm on the Beogram 4000 turntable glided automatically into place with sensuous smoothness, like a plane coming in for a perfect landing. Rob Walker, WIRED, "Can the Cult of Bang & Olufsen Last?," 27 Sep. 2011

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First Known Use of tonearm

1907, in the meaning defined above

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