tape recorder


: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tape

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, Crawford enlisted an investigator to interview Scott again, this time with a tape recorder. ABC News, 22 Sep. 2022 Now also an Angels broadcaster and MLB Network national broadcaster, Vasgersian won a contest while at USC to call half an inning of a Dodgers game in 1989 over a tape recorder with Al Downing. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 With Cannon’s tape recorder running, Reagan answered questions and told stories. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 20 July 2022 The son is holding a microphone and a tape recorder. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 19 July 2022 The film starts early one morning with Herman speaking into a tape recorder, dictating a final message to his estranged son, Nate. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 11 July 2022 His epiphany came at a New Year’s Eve party the same year, when a friend of his parents showed him how to use a basic reel-to-reel tape recorder. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 The politically motivated sources in this instance being a tape recorder. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The sudden emergence of the tape recorder raises concerns about how other technologies might someday affect politicians’ conduct, McCarthy said. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tape recorder


: a device for recording on and playing back magnetic tapes

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