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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So 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, miamiherald, "Mom's secret recording catches kindergarten teacher calling 5-year-old a "loser"," 5 July 2018 The bass clarinet in his hands looked more like a recorder. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "There's more than football to this 14-year-old rolling in scholarships," 27 June 2018 Toyota’s driving-data recorders provide information that can be used to lower rental and insurance costs for drivers, said the Grab spokeswoman. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "Toyota Plans Billion-Dollar Investment in Ride-Hailing Startup Grab," 13 June 2018 The video switches to filming Gomez on the retro recorder for takes of her running through an open field. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Presents Snappy Silent Film For 'Back To You' Visual: Watch," 5 June 2018 Recording a phone call used to require an external gadget that connected a digital recorder to a desk phone's base and handset. Elizabeth Stinson, WIRED, "How to Record Calls on Your Smartphone," 15 May 2018 The recorder transmits acoustic signals to the buoy, which, in turn, relays the measurements of wave height to satellites. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Sumwalt said the recorder showed the train's maximum speed reached 57 mph from its last stop. CBS News, "Investigators recover data recorder from Amtrak train in South Carolina crash," 5 Feb. 2018 Headley had discovered and removed the recorder just before the meeting. Dan Eaton,, "Is terminating a severely overweight employee disability discrimination?," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of recorder

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

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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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