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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The only exceptions to the investigative freeze are four board experts helping download and analyze the cockpit-voice recorder recovered from the Lion Air passenger jet that crashed in Indonesia at the end of October. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Employee Furloughs Virtually Shut Down Accident Inquiries and Other Work at NTSB," 18 Jan. 2019 Both the camera and the voice recorder fed into the same server, which recorded over older files every 30 days. Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, "State admits recording jail conversations between defense lawyers and clients," 15 Jan. 2018 An audio jack connects to your phone or mp3 player to play music, and a built-in recorder and voice distorter add to the fun. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "5 tech gifts for under $50," 20 Nov. 2018 There's a large blue woman reclining on the side of a mountain (see below) by Lita Albuquerque; a metallic mixed media piece that looks like recorders fused into a sink by Paul Barsch and Tilman Hornig; even a hive of honeybees. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Art Safiental Is a Massive Sculpture Exhibit in the Swiss Alps," 10 Aug. 2018 With a digital recorder, the lack of clarity won’t be noticed until transcripts are ordered. Rafael Olmeda,, "Broward wrestles with court reporter shortage," 8 June 2018 The two black boxes recovered from last month's fiery crash of a Boeing 737-200 leased by Cuba's national airline are now in Washington D.C. where they are being analyzed at the National Transportation Safety Board's recorder lab. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Black boxes in fiery Cuban airline crash being analyzed in Washington," 7 June 2018 Indonesian authorities are still searching for the aircraft’s cockpit-voice recorder in order to better understand what happened. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Lion Air Crash Investigators Are Focused on Maintenance Problems," 28 Nov. 2018 The voice recorder is used to capture electronic voice phenomena (EVPs). Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Ghost-hunting apps and tools that are worth your money, according to a paranormal researcher," 5 Oct. 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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