play·​back | \ ˈplā-ˌbak How to pronounce playback (audio) \

Definition of playback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of reproducing recorded sound or pictures often immediately after recording

play back

played back; playing back; plays back

Definition of play back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to perform a playback of (a usually recently recorded disc or tape)

Examples of playback in a Sentence

Noun The band listened to a playback of their first recording.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In our testing, the 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted for 23 hours and 15 minutes with a 4K playback test. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 25 June 2022 In our testing, the 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted for 23 hours and 15 minutes with a 4K playback test. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 June 2022 When testing speakers, our engineers and analysts consider how easy each speaker is to set up, pair and control music playback through the device and app, if applicable. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2022 When video playback is slowed down, the recording shows the woman holding the cellphone with her left hand, ball up her right fist and jab at Jackson. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2022 The new MacBook Air is supposed to be both faster and quieter than its predecessor, with a video playback battery life of up to 18 hours, Apple claimed. Samuel Axon And Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 As a playback singer, KK became the voice of Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 1 June 2022 Streaming music from a smartphone or tablet is easy to play thanks to the inclusion of Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in and Bluetooth playback. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The non-navigation apps will give you access to quick actions, such as music playback and quick messaging. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of playback


1929, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2022

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“Playback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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