tape recorder


: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tape

Examples of tape recorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The magazine had its own unrestricted phone lines, cameras, and tape recorders; Rideau often reported outside the prison with unarmed escorts, and, on two occasions, attended a convention of newspaper editors in Washington, D.C. John J. Lennon, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2024 Much of the time that Lefty spent in Milwaukee was in Cobb's undercover car, which had a tape recorder in it, which was wired. Journal Sentinel, 1 Mar. 2024 In the cold, the batteries in tape recorders and cellphones die. Carlotta Gall, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2024 Many journalists use tape recorders for interviews, for instance. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 George, who can't play a note of music himself, writes the group's songs by singing into a tape recorder and freely cribs from American R&B groups like the Four Tops and Gladys Knight and the Pips. David Fricke, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 Her father, who worked as a building superintendent, bought a tape recorder to keep track of repairs; Kali used it to record herself singing sketches of songs. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 From a statement explaining the inclusion of a tape recorder in the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1968, exactly fifty years ago, my father passed away, leaving me and my mother behind. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 And then at some point, their cassette tape recorder ran out of batteries. Erica Huang, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tape recorder was in 1932

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“Tape recorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape%20recorder. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tape recorder

: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tapes

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