Definition of headset in US English:

headset

noun

  • 1A set of headphones, typically with a microphone attached, used especially in telephone and radio communication.

    • ‘Rob spoke into the microphone while putting the headset on.’
    • ‘To make a call, you will need a headset with a microphone.’
    • ‘Another tool to add to your handheld radio is a headset and mic adapter.’
    • ‘He picked up the communication headset, and adjusted it around his ears.’
    • ‘We were both wearing headsets to enable communication, but whenever he turned his microphone on I was treated to blast of the noise levels where he was.’
    • ‘Privacy in using the system was enhanced by the availability of microphone headsets.’
    • ‘Rod put on the headset and microphone and switched on the video camera that sat above the screen.’
    • ‘Playing the leader of a four-member commando team and wearing a microphone headset, you could issue verbal orders.’
    • ‘By using microphone headsets, military trainees are gauged on what they say as well as pronunciation, inflection and body language to learn how to communicate without causing conflict.’
    • ‘Other alternatives include computer microphones and headsets.’
    • ‘The only sight more curious than me on a cell phone is that of people walking around wearing those telephone operator headsets, wires leading to what I can only assume is a plug somewhere on their person.’
    • ‘Even more creatively is the fact that players can use the headset's microphone to distract or attract onscreen enemies.’
    • ‘Note that there is no paradigm shift here that involves people not listening to music on their car radios or with headsets or in their homes.’
    • ‘Some of Britain's biggest employers will attend a conference tomorrow aimed at increasing awareness of acoustic shock - caused by sudden, high-pitched noises from earpieces of telephone headsets.’
    • ‘You need a computer, a decent headset (with a microphone) and broadband.’
    • ‘So is this the start of a technological revolution, with footballers running round with microphone headsets like pop stars and security guards do?’
    • ‘Each one of the guests in the cubicles were able to see various speakers on their monitor screens, hear them on their headphones, and speak to them over the microphones attached to the headsets they were wearing.’
    • ‘An advanced version will come with a headset with microphone, making communication more effective.’
    • ‘I would also have to limit my use of the radio headset, they might catch me in the middle of a conversation.’
    • ‘Some had clipboards and microboards and constantly barked information into headsets and microphones.’
    handset, apparatus
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  • 2The bearing assembly which links the front fork of a bicycle to its frame.

    • ‘The cup threads down to preload the bearings and adjust the headset independent of the stem.’
    • ‘You get all the performance you'd expect out of a cartridge-bearing headset at this price.’
    • ‘Chris King's diatribe about integrated headsets on his web site makes the point that Cane Creek-type bearings are very free to move around in the head-tube cups, and this movement can cause a click or rap.’
    • ‘Record headsets use super-slick bearings, actually hold their adjustment, and are made of stuff so fine they just last and last - not quite forever, but darned close to it.’
    • ‘I have a new Seven with a Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, King headset and Deda Newton stem.’
    • ‘The ZS is one of the best choices in integrated headsets because the bearings use a cup, rather than sitting directly within the frame.’
    • ‘But the versatility of threadless front ends and a lower, 27 mm stack height should make the Headlight an easy swap for most other headsets out there.’
    • ‘All Shimano headsets have lower stack height than Campy, especially 105.’
    • ‘Ideally, headsets should be one of those components you install and forget about.’
    • ‘I think it is a loose headset because your new stem's steering-tube clamp is not as tall as that of your old stem.’
    • ‘You should see all of our bikes sporting King headsets from the Vuelta on.’
    • ‘Campy integrated headsets have loose balls in retainers and separate bearing races.’
    • ‘Other contributing factors are zero stack or integrated headsets, and anatomic bars.’
    • ‘The plastic ring is the same as in the other threadless headsets; however, the bearings are the same top and bottom in the Hiddenset.’
    • ‘When we decided to utilize integrated headsets on our bikes, we initially wanted to accommodate the Cane Creek and Campagnolo designs.’
    • ‘Instead, the TT bikes sported the antiquated threaded 1-inch Shimano mountain-bike headsets.’
    • ‘FSA makes headsets for both Campy and CC standards for the 1 1/8-inch x 1-inch steerer combo.’
    • ‘To date I have not had much experience with threadless headsets.’
    • ‘More minor things also contribute, like pitted headsets, untrue wheels, wobbly tires and out-of-balance wheels.’
    • ‘I am new to threadless headsets so this is my first experience with their installation.’

Pronunciation

headset

/ˈhedˌset//ˈhɛdˌsɛt/