surface noise

noun Audio.

extraneous noise caused by physical wear or a physical flaw on a phonograph record or in a pickup system, rather than by a flaw in the equipment.

Nearby words

  1. surface effect vehicle,
  2. surface epithelium,
  3. surface friction drag,
  4. surface integral,
  5. surface mail,
  6. surface of light and shade,
  7. surface of projection,
  8. surface of revolution,
  9. surface plate,
  10. surface road

Origin of surface noise

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for surface noise

surface noise


noise produced by the friction of the needle or stylus of a record player with the rotating record, caused by a static charge, dust, or irregularities on the surface of a record
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