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1961 mic. Abbreviation and alteration of microphone.
mic (plural mics)
- (transitive and intransitive, music, sound engineering) To put one or more microphones on or in; to use or place a microphone.
- If we add the drum kit, we'll have to mic the orchestra.
2002, Darren Brown, Hunting Trophy Whitetails, page 167:
- At 11:00 am, Doug mics up with me on the radio, and I advise him to go back to camp to get a quad, that we have a monster down.
2003, Sleazegrinder, Gigs from Hell: True Tales of Rock and Roll Gone Wrong, page 104:
- Imagine playing a venue the size of an aircraft hangar without your tiny amps miced up through the PA!
2006, Sarah Davis, The guerilla guide to the music business, page 164:
- This lacks the gut-punch of miced-up bass but hopefully the player can rise to the challenge and give his or her take extra energy to make up for it.
2007, Trev Wilkins, Access all areas: a real world guide to gigging and touring, page 101:
- Dynamics are used extensively for vocals, drums, and 'micing up' amplifiers such as guitar amps but they can be used for almost any application.
2009, Francis Rumsey, Sound and Recording, page 51:
- but it is extremely useful in applications such as vocals, drums, and the micing-up of guitar amplifiers.
- 2010, “On Language: How Should ‘Microphone’ be Abbreviated?”, in New York Times, July 29.
Probably from a Vulgar Latin root *miccus or possibly from Ancient Greek. Compare Aromanian njic. Cf. also Siclian nicu, Calabrian miccu, also Italian miccino. May also be related to Latin mīca; compare Romanian mică.
mic 3 nom/acc forms