- any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.
Origin of phonograph
Examples from the Web for phonograph
Radio broadcasts, phonograph recordings, and talking films were bringing culture to the masses.Dreaming of Paris
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Callers can leave a verbal message in the phonograph instead of a note.
The phonograph lay under the very eyes of Science, and yet she did not see it.
Wills and other private deeds may of course be executed by phonograph.
It consists of a tympanum or drum, having a stylus attached as in the phonograph.
This is a convenient arrangement in using the phonograph for correspondence or dictation.
- an early form of gramophone capable of recording and reproducing sound on wax cylinders
- 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
Word Origin and History for phonograph
1835, "character representing a sound," literally "writer of sounds," from phono- "sound" + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." Meaning "an instrument that produces sounds from records" (talking phonograph, invented by Thomas A. Edison) it is attested from 1877. The recording made from it at first was called a phonogram (1879).