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  • adj. Of or relating to microphonics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a microphone; serving to intensify weak sounds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to or obtained by means of the microphone; serving to intensify small or weak sounds; microcoustic. Also microphonous.
  • Of an intensity so small as to be audible only by the aid of the microphone.


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  • They can track an interloper's movements, using such sensing systems as motion detectors, vibration detectors and microphonic cable disturbance.

    Antiterror, Inc.

  • I'd guess that the thing wouldn't go loud/bassy enough to get much string feedback - so as long as the pickup isn't microphonic, it should be fine.

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  • And he knew, too, that such preserved, living brains could be made to think and remember; that they could be communicated with by microphonic and loudspeaker electrical connections to their hearing and speech nervecenters.

    Hell Wings Over Manhattan

  • That which I had thought to be distilled silence, was microphonic Babel — an intimate commingling of analogous noises varying in quality and intensity.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Mike's muttering; the clipped, staccato conversation of the power crew; the noises of the tools; the deep throb of the ship itself; the underlying oddness of the engine vibrations -- all these were fed into his microphonic ears.

    Unwise Child

  • 'You are debating whether or not to refuse,' said the microphonic voice.

    The Long Way Home

  • The sound may be aptly compared to the steady breathing of a child, and there is a striking resemblance between it and the microphonic sounds of gases diffusing through a porous septum as heard by Mr. Chandler Roberts.

    Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879 A Weekly Journal of Practical Information, Art, Science, Mechanics, Chemistry, and Manufactures

  • Telephonic currents -- that is, currents induced in the secondary wire of an induction coil due to the variation of microphonic currents in the primary wire -- are not alternating currents.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • The microphonic currents are intermittent or pulsatory, and always flow in the same direction.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • And Soames knew with certainty that she'd been receiving a message from Fran, in the teeth of merciless watching and probably microphonic eavesdropping on every word.

    Long Ago, Far Away


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