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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Police also recovered a wooden stick from the pickup that appeared to have blood on it, according to the affidavit, the the truck's data recorder indicated that the vehicle was still accelerating at the time of the collision. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man faces murder charge after he ran down bicyclist over stolen gun, then beat him, Dallas police say," 22 Aug. 2019 Twelve data recorders will eject in pairs and fall into the ocean. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA tests abort system for the Orion spacecraft that will carry humans to the moon in 2024," 2 July 2019 Twelve data recorders popped off in bright orange canisters before impact, for ocean retrieval. NBC News, "NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system," 2 July 2019 The captain failed to remove the ship’s voyage data recorder, so the report was cobbled together from interviews, logs and nautical charts. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 When he was taken back to Walmart, police heard from a store security officer that the suspect took a digital voice recorder and some other items from the electronics department and left the store without paying. Bruce Geiselman,, "North Olmsted police charge drunken driving suspect: police blotter," 11 Jan. 2018 Once a ballot is cast, a new system at the county registrar-recorder’s office will use image-processing technology to capture and store ballots digitally and count both mail and device ballots. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "Ready for the voting overhaul in L.A. County? Here’s what you need to know," 19 Aug. 2019 Other improved tools include stabilization, night mode, video editing directly via the S Pen and a screen recorder. Samantha Kelly, CNN, "Samsung's Note10 finally bids farewell to the headphone jack," 7 Aug. 2019 Police were notified of the recordings June 30 after one of the victims found a recorder inside the women’s restroom. Cristóbal Reyes,, "Auto-repair shop worker recorded women using bathroom, Port Orange police say," 9 July 2019

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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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