A recorder is a machine that reproduces (or records) sound. A reporter might use a recorder during an interview. A recorder is also often a first musical instrument for kids, who crank out “Hot Cross Buns” at top volume.

A digital recorder and the recorder on your cell phone are both examples of electronic recorders. A person whose job involves taking notes or keeping written records during a meeting can also be called a recorder. A now-obsolete meaning of the verb record is "practice a tune," and from this came the 15th century name of the musical instrument called a recorder. These wind instruments are still around, not just in elementary schools.

Definitions of recorder
  1. noun
    equipment for making records
    synonyms: recording equipment, recording machine
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    black box
    equipment that records information about the performance of an aircraft during flight
    cassette recorder
    a recorder for recording or playing cassettes
    CD burner, compact-disk burner
    recording equipment for making compact disks
    magnetic recorder
    recorder consisting of equipment for making records on magnetic media
    multichannel recorder
    a recorder with two or more channels; makes continuous records of two or more signals simultaneously
    a device for making a record of the wave forms of fluctuating voltages or currents
    tape machine, tape recorder
    a magnetic recorder using magnetic tape
    wire recorder
    an early type of magnetic recorder using iron wire
    type of:
    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
  2. noun
    someone responsible for keeping records
    synonyms: record-keeper, registrar
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    a recorder appointed by a committee to prepare reports of the meetings
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    functionary, official
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
  3. noun
    a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece
    synonyms: fipple flute, fipple pipe, vertical flute
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    flageolet, shepherd's pipe, treble recorder
    a small fipple flute with four finger holes and two thumb holes
    pennywhistle, tin whistle, whistle
    an inexpensive fipple flute
    tabor pipe
    a small fipple flute that is played with the left hand while the right hand is free to beat a tabor
    type of:
    a tubular wind instrument
  4. noun
    a barrister or solicitor who serves as part-time judge in towns or boroughs
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    judge, jurist, justice
    a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
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