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tape recorder

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noun
  1. an electrical device for recording or playing back sound, video, or data on magnetic tape.

Origin of tape recorder

First recorded in 1940–45
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Examples from the Web for tape recorder

Historical Examples

  • Because this tape-recorder won't be left you in my will until I am dead.

    My Shipmate--Columbus

    Stephen Wilder

  • But the case—the case looked exactly like it ought to house a tape-recorder.

    My Shipmate--Columbus

    Stephen Wilder

  • It was heavy, about as heavy as a tape-recorder ought to be.

    My Shipmate--Columbus

    Stephen Wilder

  • She produced a tape-recorder and a yellow pad and a pen, and twirled the pen.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • After the first couple of sentences, I led Teddy into the living-room, and switched on the tape-recorder.

    Exile from Space

    Judith Merril


British Dictionary definitions for tape recorder

tape recorder

noun
  1. an electrical device used for recording sounds on magnetic tape and usually also for reproducing them, consisting of a tape deck and one or more amplifiers and loudspeakers
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