Origin of microphonic

First recorded in 1840–50; microphone + -ic
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Examples from the Web for microphonic

Historical Examples of microphonic

  • But cautiously, for we knew that the microphonic ears of a jailor might be upon us.

    Tarrano the Conqueror

    Raymond King Cummings

  • Microphonic tests at Pocatello indicate that the train is still moving.

    Eleven Possible Cases

    Frank R. Stockton

  • As he came to a standstill, his microphonic ears caught the sound of distant digging far above him.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville

  • The sounds are quite distinct, and would seem to be produced by a microphonic action between the skin and the metal.

  • Once he started to whisper to me aside, but like a flash, Tarrano with his microphonic ear, turned to interrupt us.

    Tarrano the Conqueror

    Raymond King Cummings

British Dictionary definitions for microphonic


  1. of or relating to microphones
  2. (of valves or other electronic components) unusually sensitive to incident sound or mechanical shock
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