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stereo

[ster-ee-oh, steer-] /ˈstɛr iˌoʊ, ˈstɪər-/
noun, plural stereos.
1.
stereoscopic photography.
2.
a stereoscopic photograph.
3.
stereophonic sound reproduction.
4.
a system or the equipment for reproducing stereophonic sound.
5.
Printing. stereotype (defs 1, 2).
adjective
6.
pertaining to stereophonic sound, stereoscopic photography, etc.
verb (used with object)
7.
Printing. stereotype (def 5).
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; by shortening

stereo-

1.
a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “solid”, used with reference to hardness, solidity, three-dimensionality in the formation of compound words:
stereochemistry; stereogram; stereoscope.
Also, especially before a vowel, stere-.
Origin
< Greek stereós

stereo.

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Examples from the web for stereo
  • In the living room, they created a built-in display case to showcase art and conceal stereo equipment.
  • We humans have stereo-vision, and a relatively narrow field of view.
  • Another test asked participants to work out the direction of specific sounds embedded within stereo white noise.
  • CD s are still recorded in stereo using only two channels.
  • Your old ability to see in stereo vision has deserted you.
  • Perhaps, a good degree of stereo-typing may have been at work.
  • Later that night, she was awakened by fiercely loud music from the stereo.
  • It was a colored flexi disk of one of the moon landings on a stereo that only existed to play those records.
  • As a stereo type it suffers the same problems other stereo types suffer when applied beyond the scope of probability.
  • Until recently, concert recordings were made in stereo, with only left and right audio channels.
British Dictionary definitions for stereo

stereo

/ˈstɛrɪəʊ; ˈstɪər-/
adjective
1.
noun (pl) stereos
2.
stereophonic sound: to broadcast in stereo
3.
a stereophonic record player, tape recorder, etc
4.
(photog)
  1. stereoscopic photography
  2. a stereoscopic photograph
5.
(printing) short for stereotype
Word Origin
C20: shortened form

stereo-

combining form
1.
indicating three-dimensional quality or solidity: stereoscope
Word Origin
from Greek stereos solid
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Word Origin and History for stereo

1823 as a shortening of stereotype; 1876 as a shortening of stereoscope; 1954 (adj.) as a shortening of stereophonic; the noun meaning "stereophonic record or tape player" is recorded from 1964.

stereo-

word-forming element, before vowels stere-, from comb. form of Greek stereos "solid" (see stereotype).

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stereo in Medicine

stereo- pref.

  1. Solid; solid body: stereotropism.

  2. Three-dimensional: stereochemistry.

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Related Abbreviations for stereo

stereo

stereophonic
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Encyclopedia Article for stereo

equipment for sound recording and reproduction that utilizes two or more independent channels of information. Separate microphones are used in recording and separate speakers in reproduction; they are arranged to produce a sense of recording-hall acoustics and of the location of instruments within an orchestra. The effectiveness of stereophonic reproduction was demonstrated as early as 1933. Two-track stereophonic tape for the home became common in the 1950s and the stereophonic phonograph record, with two separate channels of information recorded in a single groove, in 1958. In the early 1970s, quadraphonic sound systems, employing four independent channels of information for even greater realism, became commercially available and later led to "surround-sound" systems

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