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 The Fire TV Cube is also marked down by 33 percent, alongside the Fire TV Recast DVR recorder that's $100 less than usual now. Nina Huang,, "Fire TV Sticks, Cubes, and more Amazon streaming devices are on super sale for Prime Day — up to 43 percent off," 13 Oct. 2020 Capture and store up to 128 GB of audio with this six-track pro audio recorder. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Electronics and exercise gear that make excellent gifts," 8 Oct. 2020 In Utah’s cities and towns, women hold 40.2% of those roles, which could include jobs like city manager or attorney, finance director, police chief, city recorder and other positions. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Women hold ‘considerably fewer’ positions in Utah’s cities than in state and county governments," 6 Oct. 2020 The new keyboard autofill options are very nice, as is the screen recorder. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 11—The Ars Technica Review," 23 Sep. 2020 Sign up online through the secretary of state's website or contact your county recorder. CBS News, "How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?," 18 Sep. 2020 Consolidating the office of recorder and clerk is not new. Steve Sadin,, "Lake County recorder candidates running for office they hope is eliminated," 2 Oct. 2020 People who don't have internet access can call the Citizens Clean Elections Commission at 602-364-3477 or their county recorder's office and request a paper form be sent to them by mail. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "MVD delays and backlogs complicate online voter registration for some Arizonans," 2 Oct. 2020 Carmen Chu, the city’s assessor-recorder, said the city is heavily dependent on large transactions over $10 million, and the tax would increase that dependency. Trisha Thadani,, "Opponents of S.F. real estate tax measure raise over $2 million. Here’s why," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of recorder

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

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18 Oct 2020

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“Recorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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