microphone

See also: microphône

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EtymologyEdit

From micro- +‎ -phone.

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NounEdit

microphone (plural microphones)

 
A microphone.
  1. A device (transducer) used to convert sound waves into a varying electric current; normally fed into an amplifier and either recorded or broadcast.
    • 1965: Charles McDowell, Campaign Fever: The National Folk Festival, from New Hampshire to November, 1964, page 11 (Morrow)
      Behind the tangled garden of microphones that had sprouted on the lectern, Goldwater spoke softly and casually about his family.
    • 1994, High Definition Television: An Annotated Multidisciplinary Bibliography, 1981-1992[1], page 112:
      It rained hard through most of Roosevelt's Second Inaugural. Audio tape recordings of the speech feature the tattoo of the rain on Roosevelt's microphone []
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:microphone.

Usage notesEdit

  • Metaphors for many microphones (such as can be observed at a press conference) include garden of microphones and sea of microphones. Wall of microphones is used both figuratively (of a group of reporters) and literally (a wall covered with microphones).

SynonymsEdit

  • (transducer of sound waves to electricity): mic, mike

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VerbEdit

microphone (third-person singular simple present microphones, present participle microphoning, simple past and past participle microphoned)

  1. (transitive) To put one or more microphones on or in.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

micro- +‎ -phone.

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NounEdit

microphone m (plural microphones)

  1. microphone
    Synonym: micro

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