from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A machine that reproduces sound by means of a stylus in contact with a grooved rotating disk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Literally, a device that captures sound waves onto an engraved archive; a lathe.
- n. A device that records or plays sound from cylinder records.
- n. A turntable, especially an early, archaic record player.
- n. A character or symbol used to represent a sound, especially one used in phonography.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A character or symbol used to represent a sound, esp. one used in phonography.
- n. An instrument for the mechanical registration and reproduction of audible sounds, as articulate speech, etc. It consists of a rotating cylinder or disk covered with some material easily indented, as tinfoil, wax, paraffin, etc., above which is a thin plate carrying a stylus. As the plate vibrates under the influence of a sound, the stylus makes minute indentations or undulations in the soft material, and these, when the cylinder or disk is again turned, set the plate in vibration, and reproduce the sound.
- n. an instrument for reproducing sounds, especially music, previously recorded on a plastic cylinder or disk as a pattern of bumps or wiggles in a groove. A needle (stylus) held in the groove is made to vibrate by motion (rotation) of the recording, and the vibrations caused by the bumps and wiggles are transmitted directly to a membrane, or first to an electronic amplifier circuit, thereby reproducing with greater or less fidelity the original sounds. A phonograph which is equipped with electronics enabling the playback of sound with high fidelity to the original is often called a hi-fi.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A type or character for expressing a sound; a character used in phonography.
- n. A form of phonautograph, the invention of Thomas A. Edison, by means of which sounds are made to produce on a register permanent tracings, each having an individual character corresponding to the sound producing it. The sounds can be afterward reproduced from the register.
- To register or record by means of the phonograph.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically
And what they call the phonograph with a great big morning glory horn, and all of that.
This design for a paper phonograph is elegant and sweet:
As compared with the field of the telephone, that of the phonograph is limitless.
The latter he dwelt upon for a moment, with an irritated indrawing of brows, then swung out the phonograph from the wall, pressed the button that made the cylinder revolve, and swiftly dictated, without ever a pause for word or idea:
As for "phonograph" - when I was in grade six I had to take a test to see if I could skip to grade seven I failed grade one because I was one of those Eastern European refugees & I was older than everyone else.
His most famous work, His Master's Voice, is one of the most well-known commercial logos in the world, having inspired the music industry trademark depicting a dog Nipper and phonograph, which is used by several corporations, including HMV, RCA, and JVC.
The whole expense of the phonograph will be the first cost … Imagine what the phonograph will do for the man on the borders of civilization!
"Gee! but I'm fired playing that tune," called the phonograph, speaking through its horn in a brazen, scratchy voice.
Another difficulty encountered in the commercial development of the phonograph was the adjustment of the recording stylus so as to enter the wax-like surface to a very slight depth, and of the reproducer so as to engage exactly the record when formed.
As a matter of fact, the invention of the phonograph was the result of pure reason.