microphone
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1878 an instrument whereby sound waves are caused to generate or modulate an electric current usually for the purpose of transmitting or recording sound (as speech or music) • microphonic adjective

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  • microphone — [ mikrɔfɔn ] n. m. • 1721; de micro et phone 1 ♦ Hist. des sc. Instrument augmentant l intensité des sons, de manière à les rendre perceptibles. 2 ♦ (1878; angl. microphone [1877]) Cour. Capteur électroacoustique transformant une vibration sonore …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • microphone — mi cro*phone (m[imac] kr[ o]*f[=o]n), n. [Micro + Gr. fwnh sound, voice: cf. F. microphone.] (Physics) An instrument for converting sounds into electrical signals, for the purpose of recording or amplifying the sounds. It produces its effects in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • microphone — ou microphonium 1. (mi kro fo n ou mi kro fo ni om ) s. m. Instrument qui rend perceptibles les sons les plus faibles, quand il est en contact avec le corps sonnant. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Micro..., et terme grec signifiant voix. microphone 2. (mi kro fo… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • microphone — UK US /ˈmaɪkrəfəʊn/ noun [C] ► a piece of equipment that you use to make your voice louder, or to record something: »Most laptops now come with a built in webcam and microphone for online chatting …   Financial and business terms

  • microphone — (n.) 1680s, ear trumpet for the hard of hearing, coined from Gk. mikros small (see MICA (Cf. mica)) + phone sound (see FAME (Cf. fame) (n.)). Modern meaning dates from 1929, from use in radio broadcasting and movie recording. Earlier, amplifying… …   Etymology dictionary

  • microphone — ► NOUN ▪ an instrument for converting sound waves into electrical energy which may then be amplified, transmitted, or recorded …   English terms dictionary

  • microphone — [mī′krə fōn΄] n. [ MICRO + PHONE] an instrument containing a transducer that converts the mechanical energy of sound waves into an electric signal, used in telephony, radio, sound amplification, etc. microphonic [mī΄krə fän′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Microphone — For the indie film, see Microphone (film). Microphones redirects here. For the indie band, see The Microphones. A …   Wikipedia

  • Microphone — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Micro. Un microphone (ou plus simplement micro par apocope) est un dispositif de conversion des ondes sonores acoustiques d un milieu compressible en impulsions électriques. C est donc un capteur analogique. Le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • microphone — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ boom, cordless, headset, radio, underwater, wireless ▪ condenser ▪ external …   Collocations dictionary

  • microphone — /muy kreuh fohn /, n. an instrument capable of transforming sound waves into changes in electric currents or voltage, used in recording or transmitting sound. [1875 80; MICRO , in sense enlarging (extracted from MICROSCOPE) + PHONE] * * * Device… …   Universalium

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