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public-address system

[puhb-lik-uh-dres] /ˈpʌb lɪk əˈdrɛs/
a combination of electronic devices that makes sound audible via loudspeakers to many people, as in an auditorium or out of doors.
Also called PA system, P.A. system, p.a. system.
Origin of public-address system
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In just a few minutes the public address system will announce contact and change of ship.

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
  • He had almost forgotten the matter ten minutes later when the ship's public address system blurted loudly.

    Potential Enemy Mack Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for public address system

public-address system

a system of one or more microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers for increasing the sound level of speech or music, used in auditoriums, public gatherings, etc Sometimes shortened to PA system
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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