Full record for videophone n.

Definition a telephone incorporating a television screen on which the other person may be seen speaking
OED requirements antedating 1945
Earliest cite A. E. van Vogt 'World of Null-A'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1948 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "The Players of Null-A". Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "World of Null-A".

The OED's citation is from a 1955 reprint of C. L. Moore's "No Woman Born". Mike Christie checked the original 1944 publication, and the term was not used there: Jeff Prucher found that the term was not used in a 1948 reprint, but does appear in a 1951 reprint.

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Citations for videophone n.

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1945 A. E. van Vogt World of Null-A in Astounding Sci. Fiction Aug. 9/2 He closed the door, fastened the three plasto-windows and put a tracer on his videophone.
1948 A. E. van Vogt in Astounding Sci. Fiction Oct. 18/1 He looked for a message that might have been left for him, a more complete and personal account than could be intrusted to the videophone exchange.
1951 C.L. Moore No Woman Born in ‘M. Leinster’ Great Stories Sci. Fiction 185 Toward evening he surrendered and called Maltzer's apartment by videophone.
1966 I. Asimov Key in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Oct. 30/2 Ashley rose. ‘Where is your videophone?’‘In the next room.’
2005 R. J. Sawyer Mindscan xxxiv. 246 The videophone was signaling an incoming call.