audio response unit

Definitions

General Science

  • noun a speech synthesiser that allows a computer to give verbal responses to requests

Electronics

  • A device which provides an audio response to a given telephonic input. These responses are usually computer controlled, and incorporate recorded messages which provide information when prompted. For instance, a person on the way to the movies calling a phone number and pressing the appropriate keys to find out the show times would be accessing such a device.
http://www.dictionarycentral.com/definition/audio-response-unit.html