re·cord·er | \ ri-ˈkȯr-dər \

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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Then last year the potentate at the time, Illustrious Sir Mike Yavno, and the recorder at the time, Max Bearden, formed a committee to look into the restoration and hired a plaster expert to do a study on this. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 July 2018 According to the newspaper's account, the cockpit voice recorder captures the moment when the captain leaves the cockpit to use the restroom and tells co-pilot Lubitz to take over. Thomas Houston, Popular Mechanics, "Germanwings Co-pilot Accelerated Plane Before Crash," 24 Mar. 2015 Other contested races include those for clerk; auditor; recorder; coroner; commissioner, Center District; county council, 1st District; and county council, 3rd District. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "State GOP error nixes Porter candidacy," 6 July 2018 After being told she would need proof that his teacher was bullying Aaron, Escotto bought a recorder, placed it in her son's backpack for four days in October and listened to 32 hours of audio. Colleen Wright,, "Mom's secret recording catches kindergarten teacher calling 5-year-old a "loser"," 5 July 2018 Stevens said, settling onto a couch as an audio recorder ran. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Bentinho Massaro's Sedona Experiment: How the search for enlightenment led to a digital cult," 18 Apr. 2018 In addition, an Olympus audio recorder was recovered from the home, on which Jungerman appeared to admit to murdering someone — although Pickert isn't named directly — court documents show. NBC News, "Man charged with murder of Kansas City attorney after accidentally recording confession, prosecutors say," 12 Apr. 2018 Someone entered a car parked in the 1100 block of Westgate Street and stole a book bag containing a phone charger, a Sony voice recorder and a tobacco pipe valued at $220 between 8:45 p.m. and 9:56 p.m. July 6. Staff Report,, "Police: Oak Park resident robbed while walking on Austin Boulevard," 14 July 2018 Journalists were not permitted to interview the children, and no cameras or recorders of any kind were allowed inside. Washington Post, "Journalists tour center for migrant children in Florida," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of recorder

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

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Phrases Related to recorder

cockpit voice recorder

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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 \

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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