From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gramophone \Gram"o*phone\, n. [Gr. ? a thing drawn or written
   (fr. ? write) + -phone, as in telephone. Originally a
   An instrument for recording, preserving, and reproducing
   sounds, the record being a tracing of a phonautograph etched
   in some solid material. Reproduction is accomplished by means
   of a system attached to an elastic diaphragm. This older term
   is almost completely replaced for modern devices by the word
   phonograph (or hi-fi), and technological changes have
   made the term sound antiquated, and it is usually used to
   refer to older non-electronic versions of the phonograph.
   [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
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