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mi·cro·phone

microphone

 
 
pronunciation:
maI kr fon
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part of speech: noun
definition: a device that changes sound waves into electronic signals. Microphones are used to make sounds louder or to broadcast or record them.
The students couldn't hear the principal talking because the microphone was off.
 
Word History
The word microphone was formed from two ancient Greek words: mikros , meaning "small" and phone, meaning "sound". A microphone makes little sounds bigger.
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The word microphone contains the following parts:
micro- Greek prefix that means small
synonyms:
min
antonyms:
magn, magna, magni, maxi, mega, megal, megalo, -megaly, macro-
 
phon, phono, -phone, -phony Greek root that means sound, voice
synonyms:
son