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[dik-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈdɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
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. Unabridged
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  • I'll tell Judson I've come alone, to talk for the Dictograph and stand on the trapdoor.

  • "The Dictograph," I whispered to Rolston, and he pressed my arm to show he understood.

    The City in the Clouds C. Ranger Gull
  • "I hope you had a stenographer at the Dictograph when the Mayor and your uncle cooked up their little deal," he continued.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • A moment elapsed, then, "Not without Gennaro," came a gruff voice in Italian from the Dictograph.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • She recalled what a strain it had been on her nerves the day she watched on the roof while Dean installed the Dictograph.

    The Apartment Next Door William Andrew Johnston
  • "When they close up for the night, Murphy, Gallant and I will go in and rig up the Dictograph," he said.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • The second night I strung the Dictograph wire, tapped the telephone, and carried my provisions here.

    The Black Star Johnston McCulley
  • Brennan's plan for the use of the Dictograph was approved and they were commended for their enterprise.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • He recalled that Jane Strong over the Dictograph had heard old Hoff speak of something that he called the "wonder-worker."

    The Apartment Next Door William Andrew Johnston
  • So delicately was the Dictograph adjusted that John heard Cummings draw his breath sharply.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for Dictograph


/ˈdɪktəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
trademark a telephonic instrument for secretly monitoring or recording conversations by means of a small, sensitive, and often concealed microphone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Dictograph

patented 1907 in U.S. by K.M. Turner and W. Donnan, from dictation + -graph "instrument for recording; something written."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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