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[dik-tuh-fohn] /ˈdɪk təˌfoʊn/
a brand name for a dictating machine. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In using the Dictaphone, one can do much better work if one is in a room where there is little or nothing to distract attention.

  • Another does expert work with the typewriter and Dictaphone.

  • They haven't put me next to you for the fun of it, and they may have a Dictaphone stuck around somewhere.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • He had discovered the cleverly concealed wires of the Dictaphone.

  • There was a Dictaphone hidden beneath the bed with which he had probably communicated with those outside the house for days.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • That Charles Willard Diffin composes his stuff on a Dictaphone.

  • "You forget your own suggestion of a Dictaphone," said Sir James dryly.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • The Dictaphone couldn't record the grimace that jerked his lips.

    In the Dark Ronal Kayser
  • The Dictaphone, which undoubtedly carried the signaling of the pipe, would probably lead the police to another rendezvous.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
British Dictionary definitions for Dictaphone


trademark a tape recorder designed for recording dictation and later reproducing it for typing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Dictaphone

trademarked by the Columbia Graphophone Company in 1907; from dictation + -phone. A separate company from 1923.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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