Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Short for intercommunication.]

Examples

  • 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.

    "OUR TURN NEXT"

  • 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.

    Ryan Sindon: Upside-down

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

    Ryan Sindon: Upside-down

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

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  •     The intercom is the fanciest thing in my apartment.

    The Intercom

  • The intercom is the fanciest thing in my apartment.

    The Intercom

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

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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.

    fort sumter, brooklyn

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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.

    Raymond Chandler, 1953, The Long Goodbye, chapter 13

    September 5, 2009