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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In Illinois, officials at the Cook County recorder’s office want to clear the way. Joanne Cleaver,, "Could blockchain technology transform homebuying in Cook County — and beyond?," 9 July 2018 This also includes downloading any science collected during hibernation and any data leftover in the vehicle’s recorder. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s New Horizons probe woke up today to prep for its next deep space flyby," 5 June 2018 The establishment Democrats' favorite Danny O'Connor is an attorney who was elected Franklin County recorder in 2016. Chrissie Thompson,, "Who's who in the crowded special election for Ohio's 12th District in Congress," 28 Apr. 2018 The daughter of the conductor Ivan Fischer and the recorder player Anneke Boeke, the classics were always going to be at the root of her artistry. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "Nora Fischer Bursts the Classical Music Bubble," 27 Apr. 2018 In the fourth Brandenburg, recorder soloists Francis Colpron and Kathie Stewart brought expressiveness and taste to their parts, while violinist Olivier Brault attacked Bach's taxing solo part with energy. Special To The Plain Dealer,, "Apollo's Fire heats up CIM in warm-up for Carnegie Hall debut (review)," 19 Mar. 2018 The new findings come from Flight 302's black box data recorders. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Boeing's Safety Procedures But Couldn't Prevent Crash," 3 Apr. 2019 Also on Friday, The New York Times reported that the Ethiopian jet’s data recorder yielded evidence that a sensor incorrectly triggered the anti-stall system, called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. Bernard Condon, The Seattle Times, "Financial pressure mounts to fix Boeing’s troubled jetliner," 1 Apr. 2019 Digital recorders can’t be used in felony cases for that reason. Rafael Olmeda,, "Broward wrestles with court reporter shortage," 8 June 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 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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