Share this entry

Share this page

optophone

Syllabification: op·to·phone
Pronunciation: /ˈäptəˌfōn
 
/

Definition of optophone in English:

noun

An instrument that scans printed characters and converts them into sound, thus enabling blind people to read by ear.
Example sentences
  • The optophone is not an echo-locator; it is a device that converts images from a camera into audible sounds.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek optos 'seen' + -phone.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence