[ foh-nuh-graf, -grahf ]
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  1. any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.

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Origin of phonograph

1825–35 in sense “phonogram”; 1877 for the “talking phonograph” invented by T. A. Edison; phono- + -graph

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How to use phonograph in a sentence

  • The one electric lamp was lighted, so that the phonograph in one corner became only a bit of reflected light.

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  • When the steel point of a compass is lost, a phonograph needle makes a good substitute.

British Dictionary definitions for phonograph


/ (ˈfəʊnəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

  1. an early form of gramophone capable of recording and reproducing sound on wax cylinders

  2. Also called: gramophone, record player US and Canadian a device for reproducing the sounds stored on a record: now usually applied to the nearly obsolete type that uses a clockwork motor and acoustic horn

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