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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 of stereo
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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  • The stereo house was open, and the little shops were brightly lighted.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • Remember that stereo shot we had taken just before we left Mars?

    Bedside Manner William Morrison
  • The stereo was playing something soft and nostalgic as Kennon sank into the chair Alexander had vacated.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • I can read your thoughts as though they were flashed on a stereo screen!

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
  • By an oversight a stereo of the penny value was dropped into the fourpenny plate and a fourpenny into the penny plate.

    Stamp Collecting as a Pastime Edward J. Nankivell
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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