videophone v.

to call or speak to someone via videophone n.


  • 1945 Life 9 Apr. 109/1 (advt.)

    From sound-proof booth, passengers may video-phone anywhere while train is moving.

  • 1951 C.L. Moore No Woman Born in β€˜M. Leinster’ Great Stories Science Fiction 186

    Maltzer videophoned him on the morning set for her return.

  • 1979 H. S. Jacobson tr. M. Emtsev & E. Parnov in New Soviet Science Fiction 193

    Twice he had videophoned; his face flashed on the screen briefly and disappeared.

Research requirements

antedating 1951

Earliest cite

C. L. Moore 'No Woman Born'

Research History
The OED's citation is from a 1955 reprint of C. L. Moore's "No Woman Born". Mike Christie checked the story's original publication in the December 1944 Astounding, and found that the term was not used there. Jeff Prucher checked other pre-1955 reprints: it was not used in A Treasury of Science Fiction, ed. Groff Conklin (1948), but does appear in Great Stories of Science Fiction, ed. Murray Leinster, (1951)

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