a device, as in a telephone, that converts changes in an electric current into sound.
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Origin of telephone receiver
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for telephone receiver
He hung up the telephone-receiver and hurried back to his post in front of the big entrance.The Mystery of Mary|Grace Livingston Hill
He crooked his elbow, removed his cigar and pressed the telephone-receiver to his ear.Whispering Wires|Henry Leverage
He took down the telephone-receiver and called up the Mayor.The Valley of the Giants|Peter B. Kyne