from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A telephonic instrument for office or other similar use, having a sound-magnifying device enabling the ordinary mouthpiece to be dispensed with. Much use has been made of it for overhearing, or for recording, conversations for the purpose of obtaining evidence for use in litigation.


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  • This and the dictograph are the best clues we've had yet, and we have you to thank for both of them, Miss Crosby.

    Steadfast Falters

  • This is my 'electric ear' -- in other words the dictograph, used, I am told, by the Secret

    The Silent Bullet

  • Whoever secretly overhears, or attempts secretly to overhear or to have any other person overhear the deliberations of a jury by use of a device commonly known as a dictograph or dictaphone, or however otherwise described, or by any similar device or arrangement with intent to procure any information relative to the conduct of such jury or any of its members, shall be punished by im - prisonment for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court

  • Of course, having said that we have to discuss his use of real humans, not a dictograph, and using their particular voices.

    Blind Faith?

  • He later found a dictograph in his own apartment, placed by a fellow Leaguer.

    Savage Peace

  • He recalled that Jane Strong over the dictograph had heard old Hoff speak of something that he called the "wonder-worker."

    The Apartment Next Door

  • Some day, supposing the people next door were all out, he might even succeed in planting a dictograph so that you could sit there in your room and hear all that was going on and what the Hoffs talked about.

    The Apartment Next Door

  • She recalled what a strain it had been on her nerves the day she watched on the roof while Dean installed the dictograph.

    The Apartment Next Door

  • The dictograph told her that nightly his uncle and he in the seclusion of their home toasted America's arch enemy, the German Kaiser.

    The Apartment Next Door

  • So, even though her mother's suspicions had been aroused, the girl in the next few days managed to spend many hours with her ears glued to the receiver of the dictograph without being discovered.

    The Apartment Next Door


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