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

  • n. A device that converts electric signals to audible sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electromechanical transducer that converts an electrical signal into audible sound.
  • n. An encasing containing one or more loudspeaker devices and usually other electrical equipment such as a driver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A device which converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance, usually outdoors; it is used to amplify or transmit over a distance speech from a person, who is typically speaking into a microphone. Sometimes it is used to play recorded speech or music.

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

  • n. electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance


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  • The loudspeaker is replaced by a microphone, which picks up sound.

    As We May Think

  • At present the loudspeaker is the enemy of the creative writer, but this may not necessarily remain true when the volume and scope of broadcasting increase.

    Collected Essays

  • Suddenly, the entire campsite, the whole upper surface of the plateau was bathed in powerful white light, and there was a voice, in labored English, coming over some kind of loudspeaker from the air above them.

    The Nightmare Begins

  • All of the colonising countries acted as a kind of loudspeaker, in London, Paris and Lisbon for African music, but

    World Music Central

  • The Home Theatre core is "loudspeaker" which is source of sound and "reader" which is source of images. : Breaking News

  • Finally, Apple developed an ecosystem, encouraging other companies to develop add-on products such as loudspeaker systems, accessories for playing the music over automobile sound systems, accessories that enhanced the iPod's capabilities, turning it into a stopwatch, a voice-recording device, and a storage device.


  • K1 Loudspeaker Merges Functionality With Elegance - Klangfluss Manufaktur GmbH has unveiled their K1 loudspeaker which is capable of delivering high-quality audio with unparalleled live sound.

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  • When I visited in 1979 it was a grim city where every pedestrian dressed in a drab gray Mao jacket and every street corner had a loudspeaker repeating the sayings of Mao.

    The Good Fight

  • A car would travel ahead of Humphrey from town to town, with a loudspeaker to drum up a crowd, then Hubert would pull in riding in a flatbed truck, and he would speak from the back.

    The Good Fight

  • Can Muslims build a mosque, complete with a loudspeaker to call worshippers to prayer?

    American Grace


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