bullhorn n : a portable loudspeaker with built-in microphone and amplifier [syn: loud-hailer]
- For the pro-Israel lobbying software tool, see Megaphone desktop tool.
Common uses for megaphones are at sporting events, political functions and generally when one needs to address congregations of people in open spaces. Police officers often use them to communicate with suspects and rescue crews during operations to communicate with the victim. This object was invented in 1915.
Another lesser known use is as vocal distortion by musicians. For example, Tom Waits is known for using a megaphone in a variety of songs. The megaphone gives off a kind of gritty, untamed effect valued by many musicians.
bullhorn in German: Sprachrohr
bullhorn in Spanish: Megáfono
bullhorn in Esperanto: Megafono
bullhorn in French: Mégaphone
bullhorn in Italian: Megafono
bullhorn in Dutch: Megafoon
bullhorn in Japanese: メガホン
bullhorn in Norwegian: Ropert
bullhorn in Norwegian Nynorsk: Ropert
bullhorn in Polish: Megafon
bullhorn in Russian: Мегафон
bullhorn in Swedish: Megafon
bullhorn in Thai: โทรโข่ง