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plural LPs, LP's.
a phonograph record played at 33 1/3 r.p.m.; long-playing record.
Related forms
mini-LP, noun, plural mini-LPs, mini-LP's.


long primer.
low pressure.
Also, l.p. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for LP
  • It was also based on the peel recordings, with many variations from the LP.
  • Played backwards, the last element of the original LP loop that is sgt.
  • Follies was truncated to a single LP missing four songs and abridging many of the others.
British Dictionary definitions for LP


  1. a long-playing gramophone record: usually one 12 inches (30 cm) or 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter, designed to rotate at 331/3 revolutions per minute Compare EP
  2. (as modifier): an LP sleeve
long play: a slow-recording facility on a VCR which allows twice the length of material to be recorded on a tape from that of standard play


(in Britain) Lord Provost
Also lp. low pressure
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Word Origin and History for LP

1948, abbreviation of long-playing phonograph record.

The most revolutionary development to hit the recording industry since the invention of the automatic changer is the Long Playing record, which can hold an entire 45-minute symphony or musical-comedy score on a single 12-inch disk. ... The disks, released a few weeks ago by Columbia Records and made of Vinylite, have phenomenally narrow grooves (.003 of an inch). They are played at less than half the speed of the standard old-style records. ["Life" magazine, July 26, 1948]

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Related Abbreviations for LP


  1. limited partnership
  2. liquid petroleum
  3. liquid propane
  4. long-playing record
  5. Lower Peninsula [of Michigan] lumbar puncture
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