tape recorder


Definition of tape recorder

: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tape

Examples of tape recorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t act like a tape recorder and repeat it word for word. Janine Schindler, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Boris Becker’s coach, Bob Brett, once yanked my tape recorder out of my hand and took it with him to the locker room where I wasn’t allowed. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 10 Aug. 2021 Using her own portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, Ball sat and chatted with the biggest stars in show business at the time, many of whom were her friends. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 June 1981 - Injured when a bomb placed in a tape recorder explodes at a press conference. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 9 July 2021 By the early 1970s, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were regularly meeting in Gamble’s office by an upright piano with a list of titles and a tape recorder to talk about the news or what was happening throughout Philadelphia. NBC News, 5 July 2021 Schloss had a tape recorder in hand to document the response for transcription and distribution to other media members. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 Do that and Star-Lord will hit play on his tape recorder as the characters throw themselves back into the fight. Nick Romano, EW.com, 13 June 2021 My tape recorder was running, but my attention had shut down. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of tape recorder

1932, in the meaning defined above

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6 Oct 2021

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“Tape recorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape%20recorder. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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Kids Definition of tape recorder

: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tapes

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