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loudspeaker

[loud-spee-ker] /ˈlaʊdˌspi kər/
noun
1.
any of various devices, usually electronic, by which speech, music, etc., can be intensified and made audible throughout a room, hall, or the like.
2.
Audio.
  1. a device for transforming electric signals into audible sound, most frequently used to reproduce speech and music.
  2. speaker (def 4).
Origin of loudspeaker
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; loud + speaker
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Examples from the Web for loudspeaker
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  • The address to the crowd at the Capitol was broadcast on a loudspeaker.

  • Crawford's back was to them as he stared at the loudspeaker.

    The Second Voice Mann Rubin
  • After a full two minutes there was still no answer from the loudspeaker.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • A loudspeaker shouted into the room: "Come out of there, Lane, or we'll blast you out."

    Mutineer Robert J. Shea
  • There was a babble of voices from the loudspeaker, punctuated by bursts of static.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for loudspeaker

loudspeaker

/ˌlaʊdˈspiːkə/
noun
1.
a device for converting audio-frequency signals into the equivalent sound waves by means of a vibrating conical diaphragm Sometimes shortened to speaker Also called reproducer
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Word Origin and History for loudspeaker
n.

also loud-speaker, 1884, from loud (adj.) + speaker.

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