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[foh-nuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈfoʊ nəˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.
Origin of phonograph
1825-35 in sense “phonogram”; 1877 for the “talking phonograph” invented by T. A. Edison; phono- + -graph Unabridged
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  • But it's also the world's largest establishment selling old and rare phonograph records.
  • At their birth, photography, the phonograph and cinematography were useful metaphors.
  • They chased bad guys, but they also had a telephone and a phonograph.
  • Audiophiles snapped them up for home use, and the invention became one of the basics in phonograph cartridge design.
  • Kate winds up hiding in the phonograph and emerges after her parents have given up looking for her and gone to bed.
  • Next door was a phonograph store, and next to that a dress shop.
  • Lights were shining from the upstairs rooms on the hill, and through the open windows sounded the singing snarl of a phonograph.
  • From down the hall he could hear shrieks and the grind of a phonograph.
  • The recorded music started with the invention of phonograph, became gramophone and later record-player.
  • With the business market for the phonograph faltering, manufacturers scrambled to come up with other applications.
British Dictionary definitions for phonograph


/ˈfəʊnəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
an early form of gramophone capable of recording and reproducing sound on wax cylinders
(US & Canadian) Also called gramophone, record player. a device for reproducing the sounds stored on a record: now usually applied to the nearly obsolete type that uses a clockwork motor and acoustic horn
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Word Origin and History for phonograph

1835, "character representing a sound," literally "writer of sounds," from phono- "sound" + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." Meaning "an instrument that produces sounds from records" (talking phonograph, invented by Thomas A. Edison) it is attested from 1877. The recording made from it at first was called a phonogram (1879).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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