What does recorder mean?

Definitions for recorder
rɪˈkɔr dərrecorder

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recorder, recording equipment, recording machinenoun

    equipment for making records

  2. registrar, record-keeper, recordernoun

    someone responsible for keeping records

  3. recordernoun

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

  4. fipple flute, fipple pipe, recorder, vertical flutenoun

    a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recordernoun

    Etymology: from record.

    I but your recorder am in this,
    Or mouth and speaker of the universe,
    A ministerial notary; for ’tis
    Not I, but you and fame that make the verse. John Donne.

    I ask’d, what meant this wilful silence?
    His answer was, the people were not us’d
    To be spoke to except by the recorder. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    The office of recorder to this city being vacant, five or six persons are solliciting to succeed him. Jonathan Swift.

    The shepherds went among them, and sang an eclogue, while the other shepherds, pulling out recorders, which possest the place of pipes, accorded their musick to the others voice. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    In a recorder, the three uppermost holes yield one tone, which is a note lower than the tone of the first three. Francis Bacon.

    The figures of recorders, and flutes and pipes are straight; but the recorder hath a less bore and a greater above and below. Francis Bacon, Natural History.


  1. recorder

    A recorder can generally be defined as a device or tool that captures information or data, such as audio, video, or measurements, and stores it for later retrieval and analysis. It can include a wide range of items, from a handheld audio recording device to a device that records data in scientific experiments. Also, a recorder can refer to a type of simple woodwind musical instrument.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recordernoun

    one who records; specifically, a person whose official duty it is to make a record of writings or transactions

  2. Recordernoun

    the title of the chief judical officer of some cities and boroughs; also, of the chief justice of an East Indian settlement. The Recorder of London is judge of the Lord Mayor's Court, and one of the commissioners of the Central Criminal Court

  3. Recordernoun

    a kind of wind instrument resembling the flageolet


  1. recorder

    The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument of the family known as fipple flutes or internal duct flutes—whistle-like instruments which include the tin whistle. The recorder is end-blown and the mouth of the instrument is constricted by a wooden plug, known as a block or fipple. It is distinguished from other members of the family by having holes for seven fingers and one for the thumb of the uppermost hand. The bore of the recorder is tapered slightly, being widest at the mouthpiece end and narrowest towards the foot on Baroque recorders, or flared almost like a trumpet at the bottom on Renaissance instruments. Recorders can be made out of wood, plastic or ivory. The recorder was popular in medieval times through the baroque era, but declined in the 18th century in favour of orchestral woodwind instruments, such as the flute, oboe, and clarinet. During its heyday, the recorder was traditionally associated with pastoral scenes, miraculous events, funerals, marriages and amorous scenes. Images of recorders can be found in literature and artwork associated with all of these. Purcell, Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi used the recorder to suggest shepherds and imitate birds in their music, a theme that continued in 20th-century music.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Recorder

    an English law official, the chief Judicial officer of a city or borough; discharges the functions of judge at the Quarter-Sessions of his district; must be a barrister of at least five years' standing; is appointed by the Crown, but paid by the local authority; is debarred from sitting on the licensing bench, but is not withheld from practising at the bar; the sheriff in Scotland is a similar official.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. recorder

    One who keeps a record; specifically, the officer who registers the proceedings of a board or minor court.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recorder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3178

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recorder' in Nouns Frequency: #2667

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recorder in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recorder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of recorder in a Sentence

  1. Jena Griswold:

    I think this is troubling for the entire state of Colorado, to have someone in a trusted position, literally trusted to protect democracy, allow this type of situation to occur, to be very clear, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder allowed a security breach and, by all evidence at this point, assisted it.

  2. The BEA:

    The voice recorder tells you a lot about operations and the state of awareness of pilots. But it won't tell you the rudder or engine settings, for example.

  3. Brian Bloom:

    The penalty does not fit the crime, let's put this in perspective: You stop a murder trial not once, but twice, because a guy had a tape recorder sitting next to him on a bench at a courtroom. Let's put our priorities in place here.

  4. The Prince:

    The special, stripped-down demo recording captures a 20-year-old Prince in a raw, intimate moment, and begins with the sound of the artist pressing the record button on a cassette tape recorder and picking up the acoustic guitar.

  5. Robert Simso:

    We of course stand by all the quotes in the story, i always use a tape recorder in interviews, and this time was no exception.

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Translations for recorder

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  • blokfluitAfrikaans
  • مسجلArabic
  • zobcová flétnaCzech
  • blokfløjteDanish
  • Rekorder, BlockflöteGerman
  • φλογέρα, εγγραφέας, αρχειοφύλαξ, καταγραφέαςGreek
  • bekflutoEsperanto
  • grabador, escribiente, registrador, juez municipal, flauta dulce, grabadoraSpanish
  • plokkflöötEstonian
  • nokkahuilu, nauhuri, levyttäjä, tallennin, kihlakunnantuomariFinnish
  • flûte à bec, enregistreurFrench
  • taifeadánIrish
  • perekamIndonesian
  • blokkflauta, flautaIcelandic
  • flauto, registratoreItalian
  • レコーダーJapanese
  • blokfløjteKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • tibia rectaLatin
  • blokfluitDutch
  • flauta docePortuguese
  • магнитофон, видеомагнитофон, регистратор, рекордер, архивариус, самопишущий прибор, протоколистRussian
  • blockflöjt, fickminne, ljudtekniker, inspelningsassistent, bandspelare, inspelningsapparaturSwedish

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