- a phonograph.
Origin of gramophone
Examples from the Web for gramophone
It attracted me as did the gramophone, the camera, the automobile.A Labrador Doctor</p>
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
There was a certain amount of literature—it was never abundant—and there was a gramophone.In Mesopotamia
The slogan of the musical advance guard is "a gramophone in every school."Spirit and Music
H. Ernest Hunt
In Fig. 151c the construction of the gramophone reproducer is shown in section.
Some gramophone records have as many as 250 turns to the inch.
- Also called: acoustic gramophonea device for reproducing the sounds stored on a record: now usually applied to the nearly obsolete type that uses a clockwork motor and acoustic hornUS and Canadian name: phonograph
- (as modifier)a gramophone record
- the technique and practice of recording sound on discthe gramophone has made music widely available
Word Origin and History for gramophone
1887, trademark by German-born U.S. inventor Emil Berliner (1851-1929), an inversion of phonogram (1884) "the tracing made by a phonograph needle," coined from Greek phone "voice, sound" (see fame (n.)) + gramma "something written" (see grammar).
Berliner's machine used a flat disc and succeeded with the public. Edison's phonograph used a cylinder and did not. Despised by linguistic purists (Weekley calls gramophone "An atrocity formed by reversing phonogram") who tried to at least amend it to grammophone, it was replaced by record player after mid-1950s.