Dictograph Dic"to*graph (d[i^]k"t[-o]*gr[.a]f), n. [L. dictum a thing said + E. -graph.] A telephonic instrument for office or other similar use, having a sound-magnifying device enabling the ordinary mouthpiece to be dispensed with. Much use has been made of it for overhearing, or for recording, conversations for the purpose of obtaining evidence for use in litigation. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Note: The makers of this instrument spell it dictograph. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Dictograph — patented 1907 in U.S. by K.M. Turner and W. Donnan, from DICTATION (Cf. dictation) + graph …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dictograph — ☆ Dictograph [dik′tə graf΄ ] [< L dictus, pp. of dicere, to speak (see DICTION) + GRAPH] trademark for a telephonic instrument used for secretly listening to or recording conversations n. [sometimes d ] such an instrument …   English World dictionary

  • Dictograph® — /dikˈtō gräf/ noun An instrument for transmitting speech from room to room, with or without the speaker s knowledge, usu by means of a small concealed microphone ORIGIN: L dictum thing said, and Gr graphein to write …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dictograph — /dik teuh graf , grahf /, Trademark. a brand name for a telephonic device with a highly sensitive transmitter obviating the necessity of a mouthpiece: used for listening to conversations secretly or obtaining a record of them. * * * …   Universalium

  • dictograph — dic·to·graph || dɪktÉ™grɑːf n. telephonic device with highly sensitive transmitter (often used in eavesdropping) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Dictograph — Dic·to·graph …   English syllables

  • dictograph — /ˈdɪktəgræf/ (say diktuhgraf), / graf/ (say grahf) noun a telephonic device with a highly sensitive transmitter obviating the necessity of a mouthpiece, much used for secretly listening to conversations or obtaining a record of them. {trademark;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Dictograph — ˈdiktəˌgraf trademark used for a telephonic instrument for picking up sounds in one room and transmitting them to another or recording them …   Useful english dictionary

  • Miller Reese Hutchison — Born August 6, 1876(1876 08 06) Montrose, Alabama Died February 16, 1944 ( …   Wikipedia

  • dic|ta|graph — «DIHK tuh graf, grahf», noun. = Dictograph. (Cf. ↑Dictograph) …   Useful english dictionary

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