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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tape′ record`er(n.)

  1. an electrical device for recording or playing back something recorded on magnetic tape, usu. sound.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

Origin of tape recorder:

1940–45

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tape recorder, tape machine(noun)

    a magnetic recorder using magnetic tape

Wiktionary

  1. tape recorder(Noun)

    an electromechanical device use to record and play back sound, etc.

Freebase

  1. Tape recorder

    An audio tape recorder, tape deck, reel-to-reel tape deck, cassette deck or tape machine is an audio storage device that records and plays back sounds, including articulated voices, usually using magnetic tape, either wound on a reel or in a cassette, for storage. In its present day form, it records a fluctuating signal by moving the tape across a tape head that polarizes the magnetic domains in the tape in proportion to the audio signal. The use of magnetic tape for sound recording originated around 1930. Magnetizable tape revolutionized both the radio broadcast and music recording industries. It gave artists and producers the power to record and re-record audio with minimal loss in quality as well as edit and rearrange recordings with ease. The alternative recording technologies of the era, transcription discs and wire recorders, could not provide anywhere near this level of quality and functionality. Since some early refinements improved the fidelity of the reproduced sound, magnetic tape has been the highest quality analog sound recording medium available. However, as of the first decade of the 21st century, analog magnetic tape is largely being replaced by digital recording technologies for most sound recording purposes.

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