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 Authorities say Higgins helped surveil Whitmer's vacation home near Traverse City one night in September and provided a dash camera recorder and night vision goggles to the mission. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dells man drops appeal, will be extradited to Michigan to face charges in governor kidnap plot," 28 Apr. 2021 County voters had a chance to reduce two countywide offices into one in November, voting overwhelmingly to consolidate the responsibilities of the clerk and recorder under the clerk’s supervision, as 68.28% said yes and 31.72% opposed the measure. Steve Sadin,, "Some Lake County officials calling for consolidation after election with 345 municipal offices up for grabs," 19 Apr. 2021 For starters, most California counties bundle the job of running elections with the duties of a clerk and recorder. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: California’s elections official exodus," 12 Apr. 2021 This usability allows your mobile phone to act as both your treadmill remote changing speed and mode, but also a fitness recorder and planner. NBC News, "The 7 best affordable treadmills of 2021," 3 Mar. 2021 Since 2016, it's been led by Germany's Matthias Maute, one of the early music world's top soloists on flute and recorder, as well as an inventive programmer and colorful host. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Small-scale performance of Bach was balanced and beautiful," 22 Feb. 2021 Plan ahead to replay those precious moments over and over again by planting a video recorder somewhere in the room — or even on your body! Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "15 Best Proposal Ideas for a Fairy-Tale Engagement," 22 Jan. 2021 Burlington is buying a data radar recorder to evaluate resident complaints about speeding drivers. John Laidler,, "From body cameras to training, grants help police forces equip for the future," 31 Dec. 2020 Investigators, however, did search the SUV's data recorder, known as a black box, in the days after the crash. Arkansas Online, "Tiger Woods was speeding before crashing SUV, sheriff says," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of recorder

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

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“Recorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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