Definition of phonograph in English:



  • 1An early form of gramophone using cylinders and able to record as well as reproduce sound.

    • ‘And while unconfirmed in the credits, it is clear that the sound was recorded directly onto wax cylinders by an Edison phonograph.’
    • ‘Also today in 1877, Thomas Edison announced the invention of the phonograph following successful experiments recording sound waves on a tinfoil cylinder.’
    • ‘It is night in a tumbledown shack; an old woman in a rocking chair gazes at pictures of herself as a young opera star and, taking a draught of gin, she plays on an old cylinder phonograph the one surviving record of her voice.’
    • ‘In the late 1890s coin-operated phonographs using cylinders were the order of the day.’
    • ‘Early phonographs could record as well as play and were supposed to make recordings that would be sent through the mail, replacing written letters.’
    1. 1.1North American A record player.
      • ‘Her mind is sharp, and as she sits in a common room, hearing her 1948 recording of ‘Vissi d' arte’ on the phonograph, she remarks how beautiful it is, without a trace of either regret or egotism.’
      • ‘Returning, she bent again and stacked records on a small phonograph, then sat down on the bed next to Bob, who was holding a smoking joint by this time.’
      • ‘Nicole told Dick that she wanted to play the phonograph for him.’
      • ‘In fact, when the phonograph became popular, and more recently when electronic synthesizers became popular, musicians were concerned again that live music would be replaced by recordings.’
      • ‘In the late 1910s and early 1920s most record companies were started as subsidiaries of furniture factories which, since they already produced phonographs, decided to press records to play on them.’
      • ‘The microphone; the sampler, the phonograph, the electric guitar, the DJ, all of have infringed upon the sanctimony of contemporary popular music and came out vindicated.’
      • ‘Papa Noel grew up in the Congo, listening to Cuban records on his mother's phonograph.’
      • ‘Out they come, first Bryan daintily carrying one small red-lacquered box, followed by Moshe struggling with two big old valises and the phonograph, instantly walking into a tree.’
      • ‘Americans had sewing machines, phonographs, skyscrapers, and even electric lights, yet most people labored in the shadow of poverty.’
      • ‘It makes us dream again that in some secluded corner an old phonograph recording is still intact on which the great preacher's voice may be heard!’
      • ‘The station was equipped with a phonograph and two dozen records, as well as plenty of books and games.’
      • ‘Peer was born in Kansas City and helped his father sell sewing machines, phonographs and recordings as a teen.’
      • ‘In the late 1950s, Chrysler and RCA both tried to cash in on the 45-rpm record craze by putting phonographs into the automobile.’
      • ‘It was the gramophone, not the phonograph, that brought the music industry into existence.’
      • ‘As the number of phonographs being shipped each year reached the million mark in the early 1950s, the interest in music stars spawned new titles and eventually a new category of magazines.’
      • ‘Although record companies generally blamed radio broadcasting for their decline in the 1920s and 1930s, the potential appeal of phonographs and records was restricted due to their high prices and the hard economic times.’
      • ‘To make their texts, ethnographers, the writers of culture, used the tools of [conventional] literacy and image making: paper, pens, pencils, paints, cameras, and phonographs.’
      • ‘It was once considered unseemly to listen to the phonograph alone.’
      • ‘I would find him listening to Scheherazade on the phonograph or reading Gibbon's ‘Decline and Fall’ for the third time.’
      • ‘The process is much like an old phonograph where the needle is the tip and the grooves in the vinyl record are the atoms.’