Definitions

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

  • n. A receiver, as for a telephone, radio, or stereo, held to the ear by a headband.

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  • n. A listening device placed or worn in the ear, usually sold in pairs

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

  • n. electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear

Etymologies

head +‎ phone (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Razer has moved to an open-back, ear-encompassing headphone, which is good for those of us who don't like stuff actually sitting on our ears, and I personally think it helps with sound placement as well.

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  • The Skype service is a bit different because you need special hardware to access it, namely a headphone + microphone combination.

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  • They were here to promote some kind of headphone set, I think.

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  • It comes with all the expected features such as headphone, microphone, Line In and Spdif, but also has 5.1 surround sound speakers to give a full range audio experience for portable gaming and music playback.

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  • With a 10MHz, 10V / s, rail-to-rail I / O performance the device is ideal for audio applications such as headphone drivers and audio line receivers and buffers.

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  • As such they do qualify for PCEE as well as a huge majority of them do have a headphone output which therefore qualifies for Dolby headphone which is part of the PC experience.

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  • Further research is needed to determine if and how headphone use compromises pedestrian safety.

    Listen up: wearing headphones can endanger life, study finds

  • With Regards to the Queen's iPod, I can just imagine future political cartoons: captionless scenes of political mayhem with the Queen regally watching ... with headphone cords dangling from her ears.

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  • "How would one adjust the length of the headphone strap?" regarding Asking People What They Want wILLIAM said:

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  • Who will lay into "headphone guys," those inclined to tune out the clubhouse right after the game.

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