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[mahy-kruh-fohn] /ˈmaɪ krəˌfoʊn/
an instrument capable of transforming sound waves into changes in electric currents or voltage, used in recording or transmitting sound.
Origin of microphone
1875-80; micro-, in sense “enlarging” (extracted from microscope) + -phone Unabridged
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  • He picked up the microphone, polishing the words in his mind.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • The microscope, the microphone, the refracting lens are instances.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • He tried the loud-speaker switches, then spoke into the microphone.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He made squeaky noises into the microphone and dropped it with a crash.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • When a microphone picked up a hostile gun explosion the disturbance was instantly transmitted through several miles of wire.

British Dictionary definitions for microphone


a device used in sound-reproduction systems for converting sound into electrical energy, usually by means of a ribbon or diaphragm set into motion by the sound waves. The vibrations are converted into the equivalent audio-frequency electric currents Informal name mike See also carbon microphone Compare loudspeaker
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Word Origin and History for microphone

1680s, "ear trumpet for the hard-of-hearing," coined from Greek mikros "small" (see mica) + phone "sound" (see fame (n.)). Modern meaning dates from 1929, from use in radio broadcasting and movie recording. Earlier, "amplifying telephone transmitter" (1878). Of the two spellings of the short form of the word, mike (1927) is older than mic (1961).

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