answering machine

answering machine
noun Date: 1961 a machine that receives telephone calls by playing a recorded message and usually by recording messages from callers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • answering machine — UK [ˈɑːns(ə)rɪŋ məˌʃiːn] / US [ˈæns(ə)rɪŋ məˌʃɪn] noun [countable] Word forms answering machine : singular answering machine plural answering machines a machine that answers your telephone and records messages that people leave for you …   English dictionary

  • answering machine — an electronic device that is attached to a telephone and that automatically answers callers with a prerecorded message and records their messages for later playback. Also called telephone answering machine. [1975 80] * * * …   Universalium

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