re·​cord·​er | \ ri-ˈkȯr-dər How to pronounce recorder (audio) \

Definition of recorder

1a : the chief judicial magistrate of some British cities and boroughs
b : a municipal judge with criminal jurisdiction of first instance and sometimes limited civil jurisdiction
2 : one that records
3 : any of a group of wind instruments ranging from soprano to bass that are characterized by a conical tube, a whistle mouthpiece, and eight finger holes

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Examples of recorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While these often require both a transmitter and a receiver—which plugs into the camera or an external recording device—the mic on the DR-10L plugs directly into a small recorder that clips to your belt or slips into a pocket. Popular Science, "This video production kit is perfect for filming your own cooking show," 10 June 2020 The music was someone playing a recorder, nothing fancy, some kind of easy-listening sonata. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "Minneapolis in the Aftermath," 4 June 2020 County clerk-recorder Hugh Nguyen said the county expects to hand out 3,800 licenses by that date. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "How to get legally married during the coronavirus crisis," 8 May 2020 For decades, one of SNL’s best functions has been as a recorder of topical history, often contributing to lasting cultural impressions of world-famous figures. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The First Quarantine Episode of Saturday Night Live Was Historic," 12 Apr. 2020 Kang’s second book, however, shows him to be a skilled novelist rather than a simple recorder of his own life. Ed Park, The New York Review of Books, "Like No One They’d Ever Seen," 8 Apr. 2020 The recorders, known as black boxes, have yet to be transported to Ukraine. ___ Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Schmall from New Delhi. Time, "'Today, the American Soldier Is in Danger, Tomorrow the European Soldier Could Be,' Warns Iran's President Rouhani," 15 Jan. 2020 The plane’s crash-proof recorders, for example, will have to be downloaded in a specialist lab. Fortune, "Boeing 737 Crashes in Iran Due to ‘Technical Issue’, Killing All 176 on Board," 8 Jan. 2020 In the past two decades, at least 1,400 towns in America lost the recorder of town hall meetings, the voice of hometown pride, the generator of clippings kept on refrigerators and in scrapbooks. Washington Post, "We’re not the enemy of the people. We are the people.," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of recorder

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Jun 2020

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“Recorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of recorder

: a device that records sounds or images or both so that they can be heard or seen again
: a musical instrument that is shaped like a tube with holes and that is played by blowing into the top of the tube
: a judge in some courts of law


re·​cord·​er | \ ri-ˈkȯr-dər How to pronounce recorder (audio) \

Kids Definition of recorder

1 : a person or device that records a digital video recorder
2 : a musical instrument like a long hollow whistle with eight holes for the fingers



Legal Definition of recorder

1 : a judge of a municipal court
2 : a public officer charged with making a record of writings or transactions (as conveyances) a recorder of deeds

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