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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designating sound recording equipment or sound recordings that use magnetic tape which must be threaded through the equipment and onto an empty reel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A machine that records sound onto, or plays sound from, tape wound on one reel, by feeding it through to another reel.

Etymologies

Originally descriptive, used in reel-to-reel recorder and like phrases, then shortened. (Wiktionary)

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