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  1. an electronic device that scans ordinary printed characters and produces combinations of sounds, enabling a blind reader to recognize the characters.

Origin of optophone

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Examples from the Web for optophone

Historical Examples

  • It was the optophone, and perhaps you may have seen, or rather heard it.

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    Oliver Onions

  • Glenfield says you're pulling out, but so am not I. I'm for Hubbard and the optophone theory now.

British Dictionary definitions for optophone


  1. a device for blind people that converts printed words into sounds
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