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present participle of record entry 1


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re·​cord·​ing ri-ˈkȯr-diŋ How to pronounce recording (audio)
plural recordings
: the process of recording something
The recording took place at the studio.
a recording session
: something that has been recorded
a recording of measurement data
especially : a sequence of sounds or visual images stored in or played from a reproducible form
listening to early jazz recordings
watched a live recording of the concert
: something (such as a vinyl record or a digital file) on or in which a recording is stored : record entry 2 sense 4
organized the recordings by artist and genre

Examples of recording in a Sentence

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The eight-bedroom home’s laundry list of luxuries will include an art gallery, a bowling alley, a shooting range, a recording studio, and a movie theater. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 In the recording, Ethan introduces himself and talks about his love of fostering animals. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 In March, 2022, Cyrus sent his lawyer a twelve-minute audio recording, along with instructions to get it to J.J.’s boss. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2024 The plane’s black box and cockpit recordings went to NTSB agency headquarters in Washington, D.C., for separate analysis. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 Sources told Billboard that Litmus paid $225 million for Perry’s stake in the master recording royalties and music publishing rights to her five albums released between 2008 and 2020 — One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, PRISM, Witness and Smile. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2024 The Review is collaborating with Lit Hub to publish transcripts and recordings of these interviews, which across eleven episodes will offer an extensive look into the process of criticism. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, 13 Feb. 2024 Randolph was visited by an undercover agent who recorded Randolph admitting being at the Capitol but not going inside, an audio recording showed. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Beyond his recording career, Kramer launched the nonprofit Jail Guitar Doors with his wife and manager, Margaret Saadi Kramer, and Billy Bragg in the mid-2000s. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of recording was in 1544

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“Recording.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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re·​cord·​ing ri-ˈkȯrd-iŋ How to pronounce recording (audio)
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