tape deck


: a device used to play back and often to record on magnetic tape that usually has to be connected to an audio system

Example Sentences

a stereo system that includes a tape deck
Recent Examples on the Web That was 40 years ago, before satellite radio or Bluetooth; our vintage Toyota wagon didn’t even have a tape deck. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2022 One particularly lovely detail is that the previous owner chose to retain the vehicle’s original Panasonic tape deck. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 May 2022 While working as a court reporter, Gray also began collaborating with Alfredo Villar, the bassist and songwriter with seminal Atlanta group the Fans, recording songs on a four-track tape deck, to which Price would add guitar. Bo Emerson, ajc, 19 Oct. 2021 The rooms are packed with analog gear that Vogelman has been collecting since the 1980s, including a Studer 2-inch tape deck, the kind of machine that studios were ditching 10 years ago. Sasha Frere-jones, Billboard, 28 Jan. 2019 That company, the suit says, developed a campaign in which the sleek Juul device was shown alongside obsolete technologies like a massive cellular phone or a boombox with a tape deck. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, 13 Feb. 2020 The celebration included dancing by the Honey Bears cheerleading squad and guard Revie Sorey controlling the tape deck. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2019 Chained to the desk next to them were cheap cassette tape decks. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2019 The beautifully designed, easy-to-use TPS-L2 was the device that liberated the cassette from living room hi-fis and car tape decks to truly make music portable. Mike Murphy, Quartz, 3 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tape deck was in 1949

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“Tape deck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape%20deck. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

tape deck

: a device used to play back and often to record on magnetic tapes that usually has to be connected to an audio system
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