Meaning of recorder in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈkɔːdə/

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  • 1An apparatus for recording sound, pictures, or data.

    ‘I was talking away into my recorder’
    • ‘a cockpit voice recorder’
    • ‘German investigators were to begin analysing information from the planes' flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders yesterday.’
    • ‘Today, investigators are combing the crash sites and preparing to analyze flight data and cockpit voice recorders for vital clues.’
    • ‘He said the local group also seeks funding, equipment and volunteers to set up a public media lab filled with computers and media-gathering equipment such as video cameras, scanners and sound recorders.’
    • ‘I personally do not use Minidisc recorders, but they sound good for the money, which is why lots of people love them and I recommend them for beginners.’
    • ‘The 150 also operates as a voice recorder - indeed, the player will directly encode MP3 files from a variety of sources through its audio-in port.’
    • ‘It does have a voice recorder, which records voice memos up to an hour.’
    • ‘If you are a musician you may also use the voice recorder to record songs you play or sing.’
    • ‘The handsets for the system combine a phone, walkie-talkie and GPS positioner with the option to add future gadgets, such as cameras, sound recorders and fingerprint recognition machines.’
    • ‘U.S. doctors dictate notes into digital recorders; the sound clips can then travel to India via the Internet for Indian typists to transcribe.’
    • ‘The recorder captured the sounds of loud thumps, crashes, shouts, and breaking glasses and plates.’
    • ‘The voice recorder picks up any conversation inside the cockpit but saves only the last 30 minutes of sound.’
    • ‘The team will bring plenty of sophisticated equipment, such as night-vision cameras, sound recorders, digital cameras, infrared equipment and digital laser thermometers, as well as more traditional gear such as dowsing rods.’
    • ‘The cockpit voice recorder is in good condition and was not seriously damaged.’
    • ‘Users can transfer pictures between the DVD recorder and their mobile device.’
    • ‘To meet flight safety objectives, the system also directs signals and data to cockpit voice and flight data recorders.’
    • ‘The plane was not required to have a cockpit voice recorder and was not equipped with one.’
    • ‘The multifunction device combines miniaturized versions of a digital camera, PC camera, video recorder and audio recorder.’
    • ‘Consultants at St George's, which sends about 1,000 letters a month to be typed, dictate them onto voice recorders.’
    • ‘I think I will definitely have to invest in either a voice recorder or a microphone attachment for my iPod to try and get some of these details when I talk with people.’
    • ‘The iPod is also an alarm clock, a games console and, with the right attachments, a voice recorder or FM radio.’
    • ‘Even small-town newspaper reporters carry miniature recorders to get accurate quotes.’
    • ‘He had a voice-activated recorder in his office so he could keep up with everything.’
    tape recorder, cassette recorder
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  • 2A person who keeps records.

    ‘a recorder of rural life’
    • ‘Now, journalists, of course, are supposed to be impartial recorders and reporters of fact.’
    • ‘Political reporters, especially the day-to-day recorders of official Washington developments and events, are protective of Washington.’
    • ‘The long, cold line-ups in front of the mining recorder's office in Iqaluit paid off this week as mining companies received their much-coveted prospecting permits.’
    • ‘Mission recorders had documented thirty-one kills, the highest number of enemy soldiers killed in a single ground operation so far.’
    • ‘Small groups delegate both recorders and reporters, and the latter are designated to provide feedback to the larger group, all under the watchful eye of the facilitator.’
    • ‘With more than 11,000 registered recorders this study into the timing of natural, seasonal events is the largest of its kind in the world.’
    • ‘Kinsey claimed he and his team were the recorders and reporters of facts - not the judges of the behaviors described.’
    • ‘Commissioners had to forward the certification to the recorder of deeds before the change could take effect.’
    • ‘Rather, he is a writer-down of things: a recorder of thoughts and observations, an inscriber of lists and memoranda.’
    • ‘After registering the complaint, the recorder repeats the complaint for the benefit of the complainant.’
    • ‘As Beverly Bell notes, poor Haitian women ‘are virtually absent as recorders of history and as actors in that history.’’
    • ‘By grabbing additional officers and petty officers to act as runners, phone talkers, and recorders, the load further was reduced and information flow to the skipper improved.’
    • ‘Bama is not just a writer but also a chronicler and recorder of Dalit life and struggle in Tamil Nadu.’
    • ‘The judge permitted the court recorder to indicate that the witness declined to respond to the question.’
    • ‘The court recorder had transcribed the actual testimony but not the courtroom banter during the rest of the proceedings.’
    record keeper
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  • 3

    (also Recorder)
    (in England and Wales) a barrister appointed to serve as a part-time judge.

    ‘Parliament ultimately is also responsible for the provision of resources by way of judges, Recorders, courtrooms and staff, to enable cases to be heard within those custody time limits.’
    • ‘The learned trial judge, the Recorder of London, gave a most careful judgment which we have read with care.’
    • ‘Judges in England often start as part-time Recorders, so that they can make up their own minds whether they would like a judicial job in the future.’
    • ‘In due course however and as part of the Defendant's case the Recorder permitted evidence to be called as to the disciplinary hearings themselves.’
    • ‘Consequently, no one was in court for the prosecution when the Recorder of Bristol, His Honour Judge Dyer, was ready to hear the matter.’
    • ‘It is submitted by Sir Derek Spencer on behalf of the appellant that the Recorder of London was wrong to rule as he did.’
    • ‘Yesterday, the Recorder of Manchester, Judge David Maddison, formally acquitted Horton and said he was free to leave court.’
    • ‘The Recorder directed that the prosecution needed to prove an indecent intention, and Lord Ackner signified his approval of this.’
    • ‘He had been acquitted, by direction of the Recorder, of attempted theft.’
    • ‘The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Norman Jones QC adjourned sentence until next Friday but told Richardson a life sentence was inevitable.’
    • ‘He had been due to stand trial next week but, at the hearing for plea and directions before the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick, he admitted the offence.’
    • ‘The Recorder of London, Judge Peter Beaumont QC, adjourned sentencing until August 18.’
    • ‘The Recorder of Bradford Judge Stephen Gullick sentenced him to four years and nine months in prison.’
    • ‘When we began work, Chairmen were paid £245.70 a day, compared with £349.52 for Recorders and £327 for part-time Appeals Service legal members.’
    • ‘The Recorder of York, Judge Paul Hoffman, signed a warrant for Clarkson's arrest, after a jury at York Crown Court convicted him in his absence of robbery.’
    • ‘The Recorder of Newcastle, Judge David Hodson, formally found him not guilty and lifted the reporting restrictions.’
    • ‘It was clear to me that in view of the learned Recorder's judgment, the claimant had no option but to discontinue the claim.’
    • ‘On appeal it was submitted that the procedure adopted by the Recorder was in breach of the Convention.’
    • ‘The Recorder heard evidence from the police officers.’
    • ‘The honorary recorder of York, Judge Paul Hoffman, gave her a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years.’
    1. 3.1British historical A judge in certain courts.
      judge, magistrate, Her Honour, His Honour, Your Honour
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  • 4A simple wind instrument without keys, held vertically and played by blowing air through a shaped mouthpiece against a sharp edge.

    ‘Sheet music at five cents a page, mouth organs manufactured in Germany, tin whistles and recorders from St Petersburg, and pianola rolls were among the commodities the stores offered for sale.’
    • ‘The instruments used are recorder, harpsichord, and cello.’
    • ‘Favoured instruments include the hurdy-gurdy, dulcimer, recorders, zither, guitars and drums.’
    • ‘In the hope of recreating the sounds intended by the composer, the players will use instruments available in Handel's day, such as strings, oboes, recorders, organ, harpsichord and arch lute.’
    • ‘I have never thought of the recorder as an instrument of any great character, even when well played, but Mr Morse-Owen made me think again.’
    • ‘They were greeted by staff playing all manner of musical instruments from tambourines to recorders and the less musically gifted banging pots and pans.’
    • ‘I am gathering ideas for my upcoming projects: a work for actor and chamber ensemble, a trio for clarinet, cello and piano and another trio for recorder, cello and harpsichord.’
    • ‘Every child learns to play musical instruments, the recorder in the third grade and the violin in the sixth grade.’
    • ‘In fact, I can't even play a musical instrument except the recorder.’
    • ‘Julian plays four instruments: the piano, oboe, saxophone and recorder.’
    • ‘We had people trying saxophone, cello, flutes, recorders, piano and all sorts.’
    • ‘But then all these mandolins come in, and weird warbly flutes and recorders that I guess are trying to emulate South American pan pipes.’
    • ‘Last summer, I played my flute and my recorder in a Celtic Band class at the Albuquerque Academy.’
    • ‘In woodwind instruments, such as the recorder or flute, the pitch of the note depends on the length of the closed tube.’
    • ‘An ensemble of three recorders, harpsichord, bass viol and theorbo supported the trio of singers with sensitivity and aplomb.’
    • ‘She plays the violin, viola and piano, while Antony plays the viola, cello, double bass, tuba, guitar and recorder.’
    • ‘They might choose to play the guitar, recorder, saxophone, harp, drum, xylophone, violin, piano, banjo, symbols or the triangle or any other instrument of varied origins.’
    • ‘The music will be performed live on stage in a band that includes bass, violin, electric guitar and stranger instruments like the recorder and pots and pans.’
    • ‘The school employs two music teachers, has a large school choir and offers tuition in piano, guitar, recorder, violin and flute.’
    • ‘The festival covers a whole range of categories: speech and drama, vocal, choirs, woodwind, piano, strings, harp, guitar, recorders, and group music-making and there is even a class for electric violin.’


Late Middle English (denoting a kind of judge): from Anglo-Norman French recordour, from Old French recorder ‘bring to remembrance’; partly reinforced by the verb record (also used in the obsolete sense ‘practise a tune’: see recorder (sense 4)).