What does stereo mean?

Definitions for stereo
ˈstɛr iˌoʊ, ˈstɪər-stere·o

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stereo, stereophony, stereo system, stereophonic systemnoun

    reproducer in which two microphones feed two or more loudspeakers to give a three-dimensional effect to the sound

  2. stereo, stereoscopic picture, stereoscopic photographadjective

    two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together

  3. stereophonic, stereo, two-channeladjective

    designating sound transmission from two sources through two channels


  1. stereonoun

    A system of recording or reproducing sound that uses two channels, each playing a portion of the original sound in such a way as to create the illusion of locating the sound at a particular position, each offset from the other, thereby more accurately imitating the location of the original sound when the recorded or reproduced sound is heard.

  2. stereonoun

    A device used for playing music, usually in the home, that reproduces sound using stereo.

    He liked to listen to classical music on his stereo.

  3. stereoadjective

    Of sound, music, etc, recorded in stereo.

  4. stereoadjective

    Of a pair of images: one depicting the view as would be seen from one eye and the other from the other eye, so that when viewed appropriately, they combine to give an impression of three dimensions.

  5. STEREOnoun

    A solar observation mission, consisting of two identical spacecraft, that will provide stereoscopic imaging of the Sun.

  6. Etymology: Shortened form of stereotype, stereoscope or stereophonic, all originally derived from


  1. Stereo

    Stereophonic sound, or more commonly stereo, is a method of sound reproduction that recreates a multi-directional, 3-dimensional audible perspective. This is usually achieved by using two independent audio channels through a configuration of two loudspeakers (or stereo headphones) in such a way as to create the impression of sound heard from various directions, as in natural hearing. Because the multi-dimensional perspective is the crucial aspect, the term stereophonic also applies to systems with more than two channels or speakers such as quadraphonic and surround sound. Binaural sound systems are also stereophonic. Stereo sound has been in common use since the 1970s in entertainment media such as broadcast radio, recorded music, television, video cameras, cinema, computer audio, and internet.


  1. stereo

    A stereo, short for stereophonic sound system, refers to a sound reproduction method that uses multiple channels to create the effect of sound heard from various directions. This aim to give a more natural and immersive audio experience. It is often used in music systems, televisions, movie theaters, and headphones. The term "stereo" can also refer to a device, such as a stereo receiver, that can play back audio in this manner. It comes from the Greek 'stereos' meaning 'solid', referring to the three-dimensional sound created.



    STEREO is a solar observation mission. Two nearly identical spacecraft were launched in 2006 into orbits around the sun that cause them to respectively pull farther ahead of and fall gradually behind the Earth. This enables stereoscopic imaging of the Sun and solar phenomena, such as coronal mass ejections.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stereo

    ster′ē-ō, adj. and n. a contr. of stereotype.

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  1. Eostre

  2. e-store

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stereo in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stereo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of stereo in a Sentence

  1. William John Bennett:

    The shortage of student loans may require ... divestiture of certain sorts-stereo divestiture, automobile divestiture, three-weeks-at-the-beach divestiture.

  2. Charles McDiarmid:

    We are so close to the ocean, and when the tides are high and a storm is in full force, the water will actually come up right under The Pointe Restaurant, where wehave an exterior laser microphone that brings the sound of the crashing waves right into the restaurant in real time and full stereo.

  3. President Gwynne Shotwell:

    It's not like adding a component to your stereo system, that engine is integral to overall design and architecture of your rocket.

  4. Ashwin Vasavada:

    While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes, this is the first time during the mission we've dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama.

  5. Science Advances.Trevor Wardill:

    Various brains compute stereo vision in various ways. we thought maybe there was something special about the praying mantis.

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  • ستيريوArabic
  • stereoanlægDanish
  • στέρεοGreek
  • stereotFinnish
  • סטריאוHebrew
  • स्टीरियोHindi
  • ステレオJapanese
  • 스테레오Korean
  • sprzęt stereo, dźwięk stereo, stereogram, stereo, stereografPolish
  • стереофонический, сrерео, стереоскопический, стереосистема, стереоRussian
  • stereoanläggning, stereoSwedish

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