speaking tube
noun Date: 1822 a pipe through which conversation may be conducted (as between different parts of a building)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Speaking tube — Speaking Speak ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster] 2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster] {A speaking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • speaking tube — n. a tube or pipe made to carry the voice, as from one part of a building or ship to another …   English World dictionary

  • Speaking tube — A speaking tube or voicepipe is a device based around two cones connected by an air pipe through which speech can be transmitted over an extended distance. While its most common use was in intra ship communications, the principle was also used in …   Wikipedia

  • speaking tube — speak′ing tube n. a tube for conveying the voice over a somewhat limited distance, as from one part of a ship to another • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • speaking tube — noun a tube for conveying the sound of a voice from one room to another • Hypernyms: ↑tube, ↑tubing …   Useful english dictionary

  • speaking tube — a tube for conveying the voice over a somewhat limited distance, as from one part of a building or ship to another. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • speaking tube — n. pipe or tube for carrying the voice over a short distance (from one room to another for example) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • speaking tube — /ˈspikɪŋ tjub/ (say speeking tyoohb) noun a tube for conveying the voice to a distance, as from one part of a building to another …   Australian English dictionary

  • speaking tube — noun a pipe for conveying a person s voice from one room or building to another …   English new terms dictionary

  • speaking tube — noun (C) a pipe through which people in different rooms can talk to each other …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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