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public-address system

[puhb-lik-uh-dres] /ˈpʌb lɪk əˈdrɛs/
a combination of electronic devices that makes sound audible via loudspeakers to many people, as in an auditorium or out of doors.
Also called PA system, P.A. system, p.a. system.
Origin of public-address system
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The music was piped in to the great hall over the public-address system.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase
  • A public-address system for a large area may give out fifteen watts of noise.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The signal had been transferred by inductance in the wall wiring and amplified over the public-address system.

  • The plaza facing the Hall of Congress was filling up with citizens who had come to hear the speech over the public-address system.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase
  • People were being ushered to nearby classrooms where they would hear the proceedings over the school's public-address system.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for public-address system

public-address system

a system of one or more microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers for increasing the sound level of speech or music, used in auditoriums, public gatherings, etc Sometimes shortened to PA system
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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