American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An instrument that converts sound waves into an electric current, usually fed into an amplifier, a recorder, or a broadcast transmitter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for augmenting Small sounds. The instrument invented for this purpose by Mr. Hughes in 1878 is based on the fact that when substances possessing little electrical conductivity are, placed in the course of an electric current, the conductivity of the system is much increased by even the very smallest amount of pressure. The instrument has various forms, but in most of them one piece of charcoal is held loosely between two other pieces in such a manner as to be affected by the slightest vibrations conveyed to it by the air or by any other medium. The two external pieces are placed in connection with a telephone, and when the ear is placed at the ear-piece of the telephone the sounds caused by a fly walking on the wooden support of the microphone appear as loud as the tramp of a horse. By suitable arrangements the sounds of the human voice conveyed from a distance by the telephone can be made, audible in every part of a hall.
- n. A device (transducer) used to convert sound waves into a varying electric current; normally fed into an amplifier and either recorded or broadcast.
- v. transitive To put one or more microphones on or in.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physics) An instrument for converting sounds into electrical signals, for the purpose of recording or amplifying the sounds. It produces its effects in various ways, as for example by the changes of intensity in an electric current, occasioned by the variations in the contact resistance of conducting bodies, especially of imperfect conductors, under the action of acoustic vibrations. Other forms of microphone may use changes in capacitance or other phenomena to transduce the sounds into electrical signals.
- n. device for converting sound waves into electrical energy
“All camcorders have a built-in microphone, which is fine for recording videos in ideal conditions — but you will rarely have ideal conditions if you are videoblogging political events.”
“Mr. Taylor, with our sincere thanks for being here today, the microphone is yours.”
“Mr. Quinlan, with our sincere thanks for your being here, the microphone is yours.”
“Dr. Jeffrey, with our sincere thanks for being here today, the microphone is yours.”
“Beyond the microphone is an audience of an unknown number of listeners.”
“An audio player lets you tinker with speed and pitch of songs and of recorded sounds (using the built-in microphone).”
“But if your gadget giftee listens to their jams on a smartphone, headphones with a built-in microphone are a no-brainer, and the Klipsch Image S2m headset with mic is the way to go.”
“By the way, islamic thug rules say to scream torture anytime a microphone is in your face.”
“The iPhone 's built-in microphone worked well at close range, and an external microphone can be attached using the headphone jack and an adaptor.”
“The built-in microphone worked well when subjects were within a few feet of the camera, but I did notice that it picked up a lot of ambient noise, like street chatter and cab horns.”
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