from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A message transmitted by wireless telegraphy.
  • n. A radiograph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A message, like a telegram, transmitted by radio rather than wires.
  • n. An entertainment device that combined a radio and a record player or gramophone.
  • n. A radiograph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A picture taken by means of the action of Röntgen rays, or of similar obscure rays such as those emitted by radium, upon a sensitized plate; a print from a radiographic negative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
  • n. a message transmitted by wireless telegraphy


Blend of radio and telegram (Wiktionary)
Blend of radio and gramophone (Wiktionary)
radio- + -gram (Wiktionary)



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  • A radio and record-player.

    he'd stay open playing his ancient opera records on one of those radiograms with Bakelite knobs and an arm that moved all on its own to touch dowsn on the black spinning surface of the vinyl.
    Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (New York: Grove Press, 2011), p. 92.

    Off the lobby to the right was the best parlour, distinguished by a standard lamp, a radiogram, a vinyl three-piece suite and a display cabinet.

    Id. at 43.

    On occasions we have known demons inhabit pieces of furniture. There was a radiogram that had a demon in it—every time the poor woman tuned in to Songs of Praise, all she could hear were manic cackles. The valves were sent away to be blessed and when they were refitted the demon had gone. It might have been something to do with the soldering but nobody mentioned that.
    Id. at 80.

    January 12, 2016

  • another x-ed x-ray term

    March 2, 2012