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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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  • Permission was graciously accorded, and, depositing the phonograph, Droop hurried back to get his records.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • It consists of a tympanum or drum, having a stylus attached as in the phonograph.

  • The pictures will be held back by the phonograph as long as it is more limited in its range.

  • It would be an excellent thing if a phonograph could be put in every school.

  • The furor had its effect in stimulating a desire everywhere on the part of everybody to see and hear the phonograph.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  • The glass needle is like the recording needle of a phonograph.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Are all words like those which are recorded by a phonograph?

  • And over at my digs I had it attached to a phonograph by a little invention of my own.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Unfortunately the phonograph company had chosen another voice instead of Vonnie's for the record.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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