- a person who records, especially as an official duty.
- English Law.
- a judge in a city or borough court.
- (formerly) the legal adviser of a city or borough, with responsibility for keeping a record of legal actions and local customs.
- a recording or registering apparatus or device.
- a device for recording sound, images, or data by electrical, magnetic, or optical means.
- an end-blown flute having a fipple mouthpiece, eight finger holes, and a soft, mellow tone.
Origin of recorder
Examples from the Web for recorder
He asked Tabakin to be in the room with him, and he turned on his recorder.
Once I turned on my recorder, Schwarzenegger was off on a ceaseless monologue, touting his book like a sideshow barker.Arnold Schwarzenegger Comes Clean
September 30, 2012
Walking the red carpet later that night, a blogger tugs my shoulder and pushes a recorder at me.‘White Collar’ Creator Jeff Eastin: My Biggest Con
July 10, 2012
The recorder was inadvertently left on when the young man had stepped out to have a cigarette.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Six: Dottie Defends Her Man
June 19, 2012
[Pauses, then looks at the recorder] Ummm, The Killers are cool.Cee Lo Uncensored
January 19, 2011
There the Recorder of the States came to read the sentence to him.
After the sentence was read, the Recorder asked him whether he had anything to answer.
Yea, Mr. Recorder himself must not look for life from that which he himself revealeth.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
I dread the time when I shall have to cannibalize the recorder.The Issahar Artifacts
Jesse Franklin Bone
"The recorder here was out of adjustment, sir," he said simply.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- a person who records, such as an official or historian
- something that records, esp an apparatus that provides a permanent record of experiments, etc
- short for tape recorder
- music a wind instrument of the flute family, blown through a fipple in the mouth end, having a reedlike quality of tone. There are four usual sizes: bass, tenor, treble, and descant
- (in England) a barrister or solicitor of at least ten years' standing appointed to sit as a part-time judge in the crown court
Word Origin and History for recorder
"chief legal officer of a city," early 15c., from Anglo-French recordour (early 14c.), Old French recordeor "witness; storyteller; minstrel," from Medieval Latin recordator, from Latin recordari "remember" (see record (v.)).
Meaning "registering apparatus" is from 1873. The musical instrument is attested by this name from early 15c., from record (v.) in the obsolete sense of "practice a tune." Used by Shakespeare and Milton ("of flutes and soft recorders," "Paradise Lost"). The name, and the device, were rarely heard by mid-1800s, ousted by the flute, but enjoyed a revival after 1911 as an easy-to-play instrument for musical beginners.
A wooden flute played like a whistle. It was popular in the fourteenth through eighteenth centuries. Interest in it has been revived over the past few decades.