- 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
Because this tape-recorder won't be left you in my will until I am dead.
But the case—the case looked exactly like it ought to house a tape-recorder.
It was heavy, about as heavy as a tape-recorder ought to be.
She produced a tape-recorder and a yellow pad and a pen, and twirled the pen.Little Brother
After the first couple of sentences, I led Teddy into the living-room, and switched on the tape-recorder.Exile from Space
- 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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