vid·​eo·​phone | \ ˈvi-dē-ə-ˌfōn How to pronounce videophone (audio) \

Definition of videophone

: a telephone that can transmit video as well as audio signals so that users can see each other

Examples of videophone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Corrections department spokeswoman Annie Skinner said the prisons started implementing videophones in two facilities before the ruling. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Technology from 1964 keeps Colorado’s deaf inmates from communicating with the outside. A judge’s ruling just changed that.," 20 Sep. 2019 Gradually, al-Kateab realizes her camera — or a humble videophone — is her best weapon of activism, documenting atrocities and injustices from which enemies and even allies choose to look away., "‘For Sama’ review: Wrenching documentary offers rare window into a woman’s experience of the Syrian conflict," 22 Aug. 2019 The tablets used by the Jupiter mission look startlingly like iPads; the videophones foretold Skype; and the design of the space helmets, spacesuits and space stations was remarkably prescient. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "NASA and 'The Martian': It Was Written in the Stars," 20 Sep. 2015 In April 2013, the student was denied requests for food orders and called his parents through a videophone, the complaint says. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford To Offer Settlement In Lawsuit Alleging Excessive Force On Deaf Student," 16 Feb. 2018 The footage was shot on a videophone that's constantly hovering around the subject, and this juxtaposition of stasis and movement blurs the distinction between action and reflection. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Film / On Video / Piety ‘The Serenity of Madness’ showcases the brilliance and wonder of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s art," 18 Sep. 2017 More than a decade before the smartphone was unveiled, Apple shared with the computing magazine Macworld a semi-outlandish design for a videophone-PDA that could exchange data. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "What Apple Thought the iPhone Might Look Like in 1995," 13 June 2017 With the addition of a Logitech webcam (which is not included), the Revue can turn your television into a giant videophone. Priya Ganapati, WIRED, "Logitech Box Brings Google TV to Living Rooms," 6 Oct. 2010 Before the iPhone, Apple envisioned a videophone-PDA that could exchange data called the ____________. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Sessions Speaks," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of videophone

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Videophone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of videophone

: a telephone that can send and receive moving images so that users can see and hear each other

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