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Speaker

the presiding officer in any of numerous legislative bodies, including the House of Commons in Britain and Canada and the House of Representatives in the US, Australia, and New Zealand

Speaker

 

the leader of the lower house (or of a unicameral parliament) in the parliaments of some bourgeois countries. The office was first introduced in 1377 in England. It was subsequently adopted by the parliaments of countries belonging to the British Empire, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Kenya, and Liberia. Although the speaker is officially elected, he is actually appointed by a faction of the majority. The speaker directs discussion in parliament, interprets rules of procedure, and oversees the officials of the house. He is the official representative of the house in dealings with the executive power.

speaker

[′spēk·ər]
(engineering acoustics)

speaker

(hardware)

speaker

(2)
The person who is (assumed to be) talking.

speaker

A device that converts analog audio signals into the equivalent air vibrations in order to make audible sound. When CRT monitors were the norm, speakers designed for computers were shielded to avoid magnetic interference with the CRT's magnetic coil.

Getting Smaller All the Time
Starting in the 1990s, vendors began to offer higher-quality computer speakers. Similar to home theater and stereo systems, the systems include a pair of small speakers for the midrange and high (treble) frequencies and a large subwoofer for the low end (bass). The small speakers are placed in a left/right stereo orientation, while the subwoofer can be located anywhere on the floor because bass signals are omnidirectional. See sound card, Bluetooth speaker, parametric speaker and subwoofer.
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When asked Friday if his speakership is at risk, Boehner at first avoided the question.
Only recently, as he realized that his speakership was in danger, did he exhibit his classic shift to the expedient.
The two designees to share the speakership, Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, and Bruce Hanna, R-Roseburg, both said they are hopeful that rules could be agreed upon, clearing the way for their election as co-speakers, followed by their appointment of members to serve on and lead committees, and from there, run the session.
Stumbling over each of the three positions, starting with the speakership, risks throwing the country into protracted negotiations that undermine the relative progress of security, and will no doubt alienate the brave Iraqi voters sealing in blood, yet again, their yearning for elected government.
All of the candidates for the speakership, officially vacated by Michael Martin today, were under scrutiny after fresh disclosures about their expenses.
This is evidence that the Speakership is, and continues to be, held in high esteem across Canada.
It was the first open hustings for the Speakership - which will be vacated by Mr Martin on Sunday.
In November, Democrats gained six seats and Republican Representative Jim Pitts tried to build a coalition of members of both parties to win the speakership.
Hertzberg has brought a different style to the speakership - seemingly doing away with much of the ``imperial'' nature of it that was instilled from former Speakers Jesse Unruh through Willie Brown Jr.
agriculture policy in the new Congress, especially in light of the change in House speakership.
In politics, there was a precise formula that reserved the office of president for a christian, the premiership for a Sunni Moslem, and the speakership of the Parliament for a Shiite Moslem, and that apportioned the Parliament in a way that guaranteed Christians a 6 to 5 ratio over Moslems.
After scrutiny, the nomination papers of the three contesting candidates for National Assembly Speakership were declared valid.