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

  • noun A machine that reproduces sound by means of a stylus in contact with a grooved rotating disk.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A type or character for expressing a sound; a character used in phonography.
  • noun A form of phonautograph, the invention of Thomas A. Edison, by means of which sounds are made to produce on a register permanent tracings, each having an individual character corresponding to the sound producing it. The sounds can be afterward reproduced from the register.
  • To register or record by means of the phonograph.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A character or symbol used to represent a sound, esp. one used in phonography.
  • noun (Physics) An instrument for the mechanical registration and reproduction of audible sounds, as articulate speech, etc. It consists of a rotating cylinder or disk covered with some material easily indented, as tinfoil, wax, paraffin, etc., above which is a thin plate carrying a stylus. As the plate vibrates under the influence of a sound, the stylus makes minute indentations or undulations in the soft material, and these, when the cylinder or disk is again turned, set the plate in vibration, and reproduce the sound.
  • noun an instrument for reproducing sounds, especially music, previously recorded on a plastic cylinder or disk as a pattern of bumps or wiggles in a groove. A needle (stylus) held in the groove is made to vibrate by motion (rotation) of the recording, and the vibrations caused by the bumps and wiggles are transmitted directly to a membrane, or first to an electronic amplifier circuit, thereby reproducing with greater or less fidelity the original sounds. A phonograph which is equipped with electronics enabling the playback of sound with high fidelity to the original is often called a hi-fi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Literally, a device that captures sound waves onto an engraved archive; a lathe.
  • noun UK, historical A device that records or plays sound from cylinder records.
  • noun North America A turntable, especially an early, archaic record player.
  • noun dated A character or symbol used to represent a sound, especially one used in phonography.

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

  • noun machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From phono- + -graph.



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