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

  • A trademark used for an apparatus that records and reproduces dictation for transcription. This trademark sometimes occurs in print in lowercase: "There's a dictaphone in the lab, so we're talking as we work” ( Chicago Tribune).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form of phonographic recorder and reproducer adapted for use in dictation, as in business.

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

  • n. a tape recorder that records and reproduces dictation


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  • I was scared that the Dictaphone was another piece of technology I could misuse and consequently curse, but it went well.

    Aaah, a guilt free entry. It feels so good.

  • And, in fact, I dictated an entire short book into a Pentagon Dictaphone, which is what they had in those days, in some general's office who was off messing up some other country somewhere in the world, and I had the use of his office.

    Democracy Now!

  • Sure, the interviewer was obsequious to the point of becoming a human suppository but that alone may not be enough to allay Blatter's anger if turns out the chat was recorded on a "Dictaphone" before being typed up on a "computer" rather than simultaneously scrawled on papyrus with sea rushes prior to being disseminated by one very put-upon carrier pigeon and an ever-increasing phalanx of flag-toting c0cks.

    Obsequious To The Point Of Becoming A Human Suppository

  • Fifteen years of wandering around sea-smashed, out-of-season beach resorts with a Dictaphone have taught me the banal but instructive lesson that generally in this country you gets what you pays for.

    Britain isn't called great for nothing | Bella Bathurst

  • Sitting across from his physician, who is rapidly regurgitating multi-syllabic medical terms into his Dictaphone that describe the life-threatening tumor growing on Adam's spine, we see first-hand how the shadow of death blurs and clarifies a person's version of what's real, solidifies and disintegrates relationships, and brings out the best and worst in ourselves and in those we love or who we think love us.

    Rev. Amy Ziettlow: Seeing '50/50' Through The Eyes Of Psalm 23

  • Eve's team would find all these brilliant things, like papers and maps from the uprising in Hungary or the Suez canal, an old telephone and Dictaphone.

    Anna Chancellor: 'My life was chaotic. But it's turned out OK' – interview

  • We recorded the loud sections deliberately kind of badly -- originally it was going to be like a handheld Dictaphone but we found a more elegant way of doing it -- and they get played back through the quiet sections as a kind of shimmer to the sound.

    Daniel J. Kushner: SONiC Snapshots: Oscar Bettison and Rebecca Stenn/Konrad Kaczmarek

  • Kerchache, who was born in Rouen, was 24-years-old when he first alighted in the Kingdom of Dahomey now the Republic of Benin with little more than the clothes on his back, a medical kit, a Dictaphone, a camera and an 8mm movie camera.

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  • He held on to notes from presidential briefings and recorded thoughts and ideas into a Dictaphone.

    Donald Rumsfeld Reflects On Writing Of Memoir

  • The Dictaphone was useless, but Hugh got his friend to pretend to be doing a crossword with the pen, and that recorded their entire conversation.

    From Stephen Fry to Hugh Grant: The rise of the celebrity activist


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