plural DVRs
: an electronic device that uses a hard drive for temporary storage of broadcast television programs

Examples of DVR in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditional hardwire systems record the surveillance to a DVR system that exists within the home and is hooked up through hardwiring to the cameras which can be focused on the interior or exterior of the home. Mason Leib, ABC News, 26 Mar. 2024 Dish's Hopper 3 HD DVR also has built-in Netflix 4K streaming. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 In 2021, for example, hackers compromised Internet-facing DVR and IP cameras for use as command and control nodes from malware tracked as Shadowpad, according to security firm Recorded Future. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024 At the time, viewers were skipping past commercials thanks to the use of a DVR. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 That figure eventually jumped to 7.5 million total viewers after three days of delayed viewing via VOD, DVR and other platforms. Breanna Bell, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, the package includes access to Hulu’s streaming library, Disney+ and ESPN+, unlimited cloud DVR and the ability to watch up to two screens to stream at the same time. Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 2023 According to seven-day Nielsen ratings, the premiere grew by about 1.14 million viewers and 0.19 points in the 18-49 demographic via DVR playback, bringing its linear viewing totals to just under 5.5 million viewers and a 0.81 demo rating. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Oct. 2023 The company also markets a DVR device called Tablo, designed to record broadcast and free streaming channels. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023

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Word History


digital video recorder

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of DVR was in 1996

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“DVR.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural DVRs
: a machine that is used to make and watch recordings of television programs

from digital video recorder

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