tape recorder


Definition of tape recorder

: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tape

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The tape recorder provided the complex set of commands that ran the show. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 Nico travels with a tape recorder, pointing the microphone at such odd sonic sources as a boarding-house water heater. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Heroin and Heroine," 2 Aug. 2018 Invite a reporter to run a tape recorder in the living room? New York Times, "Growing Up Getty," 23 June 2018 Equipped with tape recorders and notebooks, the researchers—led by two Kansas psychologists named Betty Hart and Todd Risley—spent an hour per week in each home, recording every word a child’s primary caregiver said to the child during the sessions. Laura Mckenna, The Atlantic, "The Long, Contentious History of the ‘Word Gap’ Study," 15 June 2018 On the cover of Arctic Monkeys’ sixth record — their first in five years — rests a futuristic architectural model, built from cardboard cut-out, atop a ’60s Revox tape recorder. Isaac Feldberg, BostonGlobe.com, "A moonage daydream from Arctic Monkeys," 9 May 2018 So the brother-in-law visits Sean's humble home and starts asking all kinds of tough questions, tape recorder in hand. Jon Fobes, cleveland.com, "Nicole Kidman's mind-blowing philosophy lesson: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 2 May 2018 Shots of reel-to-reel tape recorders and electronic surveillance (courtesy of The Conversation and other suspense films) allow Maddin to connect otherwise unrelated scenes. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "With The Green Fog, Guy Maddin delivers an experimental feature that’s pure entertainment," 26 Apr. 2018 After all, Scalfari doesn't take notes or use a tape recorder. Judie Vegh, cleveland.com, "Dashboard Confessional steals hearts and plays the hits at the Cleveland House of Blues (photos)," 4 Apr. 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tape recorder

: a machine used to record and play sound on magnetic tape

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