: of, relating to, or utilizing magnetic tape that requires threading on a take-up reel
a reel-to-reel tape recorder

Examples of reel-to-reel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The visual exceptions are the clichéd, recurring establishing shots of an old-fashioned reel-to-reel tape recorder, next to a martini glass. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2024 To us denizens of the digital age, the state-of-the-art eavesdropping technologies in these movies, with their dials and levers and reel-to-reel tapes, look quaint bordering on otherworldly. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2024 In the mid-1950s, 3M advertised its Scotch audio reel-to-reel tape. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Apr. 2024 Seven places to listen to the reel-to-reel tapes and 14 machines running. Mary Zahn and Bill Janz, Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 Equipped with an elite audio system that features Klipsch Forte speakers, a vintage reel-to-reel tape player, and vinyl turntable, Bar One Fourteen provides guests an unparalleled listening experience in an environment like no other. The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Unlike a record player—or the reel-to-reel tape player—the boom box was both portable and commensurate with the scale and the volume of the city. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 His music was never formally recorded in a studio, but reel-to-reel tapes capturing rehearsal sessions with his group Los Primos were later discovered in an attic, leading to the Third Man compilation. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 25 Aug. 2023 One place his vision is most evident is in his reel-to-reel tape box collages, rarely displayed publicly until now. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reel-to-reel was in 1961

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“Reel-to-reel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reel-to-reel. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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