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telephone receiver

a device, as in a telephone, that converts changes in an electric current into sound.
Origin of telephone receiver
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And then her face cleared, and she even smiled into the telephone receiver.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • A telephone receiver similar to that at the syndicate's depot was within.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Ascher spoke through a telephone receiver which stood at his elbow.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • She spoke into the telephone receiver, and then nodded brightly.

  • That lady sat with her hand upon the telephone receiver, about to remove it.

    A Dixie School Girl Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • The telephone receiver on his ear hurt him, and he could not sleep.

  • What was that clicking in the telephone receiver at his ear?

  • The telephone receiver was invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Margot took off the telephone receiver and asked for a number.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • He had as a matter of fact removed his telephone receiver from the hook.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions

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