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

  • n. An electronic intercommunication system, as between two rooms.

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  • n. an electronic communication system, especially one between rooms in a building

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

  • n. a communication system linking different rooms within a building or ship etc


Short for intercommunication.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • I'm hollering to Royal to go but there's so much noise that nobody can hear anything plus Royal's intercom is no longer connected.


  • Oh yeah, for an extra kick to dad’s balls, an intercom is left on at his bedside, enabling him to listen in on the arguing with tears rolling down his face.

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  • The intercom was a metal box that signified the end of my parent's marriage.

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  • The intercom was a babble of voices, some calm, most excited.

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  •     The intercom is the fanciest thing in my apartment.

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  • Someone swears into intercom, which is fair enough as I probably would have done.

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  • Those that pray/prey on streetcorners, and those that think they are being persecuted if they cannot teach creation myths in science or have the school administrator endorse Christianity over the intercom are the ones that concern me.

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  • Cole's desperate cover-up plan went into action moments after a female reporter, tipped off about the July 18 fling, called the intercom of Corbitt's Seattle apartment four days later.

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  • "You'll finally see style showing up in our products," said Steve Schoffstall, On-Q VP of marketing last year at the Electronic House Expo, where the company debuted its new selective call intercom system.

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  • And right now I didn't need the work badly enough to let some fathead from back east use me as a horse-holder, some executive character in a paneled office with a row of pushbuttons and an intercom and a secretary in a Hattie Carnegie Career Girl's Special and a pair of those big beautiful promising eyes.
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