recorder

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.

Primary Meanings of recorder

1.
n
equipment for making records
2.
n
a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece
3.
n
a barrister or solicitor who serves as part-time judge in towns or boroughs
Full Definitions of recorder
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n equipment for making records

Synonyms:
recording equipment, recording machine
Types:
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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
oscillograph
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:
equipment
an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service

n someone responsible for keeping records

Synonyms:
record-keeper, registrar
Types:
rapporteur
a recorder appointed by a committee to prepare reports of the meetings
Type of:
functionary, official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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n a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece

Synonyms:
fipple flute, fipple pipe, vertical flute
Types:
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:
pipe
a tubular wind instrument
3

n a barrister or solicitor who serves as part-time judge in towns or boroughs

Type of:
judge, jurist, justice
a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice

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