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ear trumpet

a trumpet-shaped device held to the ear for collecting and intensifying sounds and once commonly used as an aid to hearing.
Origin of ear trumpet
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The ear trumpet was resurrected from the interior of the vehicle.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There at the corner, ear trumpet adjusted, and spectacles glistening, stood Debby Beasley.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then the tube, like an ear trumpet, throws all the air vibrations in one direction, so that you hear the sound easily.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • He is a hoary-headed old person, decrepit and garrulous, with only one leg worth speaking about, and an ear trumpet.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • There you may see music pages written by him, letters, medals, instruments; even his ear trumpet is there.

    Beethoven Thomas Tapper
  • The ear trumpet is an illustration of a sound-collecting device, the waves being brought together by reflection.

  • His solicitor, Mr. John Lawless, announced the fact to him through his ear trumpet.

  • Through many years Reynolds was very deaf, and was obliged to use an ear trumpet to aid him in general conversation.

    Sir Joshua Reynolds Estelle M. Hurll
  • Thus an ear trumpet (Fig. 320), uses the principle of reflection and concentration of sound.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • She hobbled rapidly around the chamber until she had found a box as large as a bird cage, and an ear trumpet.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
British Dictionary definitions for ear trumpet

ear trumpet

a trumpet-shaped instrument that amplifies sounds and is held to the ear: an old form of hearing aid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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