tape recorder


Definition of tape recorder

: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tape

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Recording ability decreased with time, probably because operating as a tape recorder does not confer any survival benefits, Endy says. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American, "Bacterial "Tape Recorder" Could Keep Tabs on Bodily Functions," 7 Feb. 2018 Bring a tape recorder or a digital camera and have your family take turns documenting the landscape or their favorite moments. Kate Rockwood, Woman's Day, "How to Make the Most of Your Next Family Adventure," 25 June 2019 One of the objects McRae threw -- believed to be a tape recorder -- struck reporter Alan Eskew of the Topeka Capital-Journal on the side of his face. USA TODAY, "Sports figures vs. reporters: Top confrontations, from Billy Martin to Russell Westbrook," 25 June 2019 When his shift ended, Lowe went to Walmart, bought a tape recorder and began documenting the slurs. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grieving Milwaukee families call him in their worst moment. Who is the man at the other end of the line?," 29 June 2018 Through an arduous do-it-yourself process, by TV Guide’s account, Mr. Earle set up a tape recorder next to his TV and recorded an episode of the show with Mr. Ludden. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Robert Earle, 93, Moderator of TV’s ‘College Bowl,’ Is Dead," 7 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of tape recorder

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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: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tapes

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