speaking tube

  1. a tube for conveying the voice over a somewhat limited distance, as from one part of a building or ship to another.

Origin of speaking tube

First recorded in 1825–35

Words Nearby speaking tube

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How to use speaking tube in a sentence

  • "We're making water fast in the forward compartment," came a voice through the speaking-tube.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • Looking around to see whence the sound came, his eyes fell upon a speaking tube.

    The Slave of Silence | Fred M. White
  • There was a sudden commotion at the far end of the speaking tube, and something like the sound of wheels.

    The Slave of Silence | Fred M. White
  • We owe to him the earliest counting-machine, and it was he who perfected the Aeolian harp, the speaking tube, and the microscope.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
  • Blythe roared an order down the speaking tube and swung round the spokes of the wheel.

    The Pirate of Panama | William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for speaking tube

speaking tube

  1. a tube or pipe for conveying a person's voice from one room, area, or building to another

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