tonearm

noun

tone·​arm ˈtōn-ˌärm How to pronounce tonearm (audio)
: 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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a new high mass and low-resonance tonearm designed to keep resonance to a minimum. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The new turntable is equipped with the renowned VPI Fatboy tonearm and can also be fitted with up to two additional tonearms of any length or make. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2022 The cartridge comes pre-mounted in a head shell — that slides onto the aluminum tonearm and secures with a screw sleeve. Brad Moon, Forbes, 7 May 2022 For someone moving from a record player or an entry-level turntable, the prospect of mounting a cartridge and balancing the tonearm can be intimidating. Brad Moon, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 The tonearm, designed by Frank Schröder of Berlin, is the first to use selective laser melting, an additive 3-D printing technology that allows for the manufacture of designs previously impossible to fabricate. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2021 This no-frills turntable comes with a carbon fiber tonearm for even better sound quality, and it also can be had in a wide assortment of gorgeous colors. Michael Calore, Wired, 20 Oct. 2021 The soft, natural bamboo design with a Marley quote engraved on the tonearm also makes for a decorative addition to your living space. Micah Singleton, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2021 The soft, natural bamboo design with a Marley quote engraved on the tonearm also makes for a decorative addition to your living space. Micah Singleton, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tonearm was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Tonearm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tonearm. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Last Updated: 1 Aug 2022

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