lateral recording


Definition of lateral recording

1 : a recording process in which the cutting stylus produces a groove that remains constant in depth but undulates from side to side in accordance with the sound being recorded
2 : a disc record produced by lateral recording

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First Known Use of lateral recording

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lateral recording.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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