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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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  • "Sullivan wants to see you, Larry," went on Mr. Emberg, hanging up the telephone receiver.

    Larry Dexter's Great Search Howard R. Garis
  • Ascher spoke through a telephone receiver which stood at his elbow.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • But to guard against that I will sleep with the telephone receiver clamped to my ear.

  • And then her face cleared, and she even smiled into the telephone receiver.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Presently he lifted the telephone receiver and ordered a taxicab from the all-night rank in Trafalgar Square.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • The telephone receiver on his ear hurt him, and he could not sleep.

  • He gulped down the contents of his tumbler, scowled at his companion, and then stretched out for the telephone receiver.

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • What was that clicking in the telephone receiver at his ear?

  • Valencia leaned against the telephone receiver and steadied herself.

    A Daughter of the Dons William MacLeod Raine
  • The telephone receiver was invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower

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