Definition of quadraphonic in English:


(also quadrophonic)


  • (of sound reproduction) transmitted through four channels.

    • ‘Simplified, Black Box is four giant, central screens in a cube-shaped room decked out with top-gun quadraphonic sound.’
    • ‘And the quadraphonic assemblages of images are often very beautiful.’
    • ‘All very shamanic, I'm sure (and also rather quadraphonic, for that matter).’
    • ‘Scientists can't check Ohno's hypothesis by watching the DVD of the Y's life story, complete with quadraphonic sound.’
    • ‘It goes beyond quadraphonic, heading for a sound stage of 360 degrees.’
    • ‘So, we've been pretty much surrounded by quadraphonic icefall throughout the course of the night.’
    • ‘This column was written while under the influence of the original quadraphonic version of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells.’
    • ‘He went on to say, ‘I think that you could call it harmony based music with a quadrophonic backdrop.’’
    • ‘The next day, folks had new TV's, new quadraphonic stereos, new sneakers.’
    • ‘Yet the Floyd's masterful quadrophonic pension plan has retained an amazing capacity to knock people sideways.’


1960s: from quadri- four + a shortened form of stereophonic.