tape recorder

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tape recorder

noun

: a machine used to record and play sound on magnetic tape

Full Definition of TAPE RECORDER

:  a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tape

First Known Use of TAPE RECORDER

1932

tape recorder

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Recording system that makes use of electromagnetic phenomena to record and reproduce sound waves. The tape consists of a plastic backing coated with a thin layer of tiny particles of magnetic powder. The recording head of the tape deck consists of a tiny C-shaped magnet with its gap adjacent to the moving tape. The incoming sound wave, having been converted by a microphone into an electrical signal, produces a time-varying magnetic field in the gap of the magnet. As the tape moves past the recording head, the powder is magnetized in such a way that the tape carries a record of the shape of the wave being recorded.

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