speaking tube


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speaking tube

n.
A tube used to convey the voice over a short distance, as from one part of a ship to another.

speaking tube

n
(Telecommunications) a tube or pipe for conveying a person's voice from one room, area, or building to another

speak′ing tube`


n.
a tube for conveying the voice over a somewhat limited distance, as from one part of a ship to another.
[1825–35]
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Noun1.speaking tube - a tube for conveying the sound of a voice from one room to anotherspeaking tube - a tube for conveying the sound of a voice from one room to another
tube, tubing - conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
References in classic literature ?
It was of about the bigness of a lead pencil and thinking that it might be in the nature of a speaking tube I put my mouth to it and was about to call into it when a voice issued from it asking me whom I might be, where from, and the nature of my errand.
Speaking tubes resembling snakes were tied by the heads to the back of the Assistant Commissioner's wooden arm-chair, and their gaping mouths seemed ready to bite his elbows.
The doctor worked until his final days, and installed a speaking tube at his front door so he could be contacted at any time, day or night.