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[pley-bak] /ˈpleɪˌbæk/
the act of reproducing a sound or video recording, especially in order to check a recording that is newly made.
(in a recording device) the apparatus used in producing playbacks.
the recording so played, especially the first time it is heard or viewed after being recorded.
the response to a suggestion, act, product, venture, etc.; feedback:
The playback on the speech has been very favorable.
Origin of playback
1925-30; noun use of verb phrase play back Unabridged
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Examples from the web for playback
  • Speech recognition and speech playback software expand the realizations of text into auditory as well as visual experiences.
  • The software also organizes your recordings for easy playback.
  • Translucent playback controls only appear as needed when you mouse over a movie.
  • Ledger trots his horse over to the playback monitor and pries the helmet from his head.
  • They didn't have terrific battery life for video playback before, and they do slightly worse with the new files.
  • Worse, one old blockbuster feature is now nonexistent: macros, the recording and playback of routine steps.
  • It halted digital video recorder playback in some households and surprised radio listeners in their cars.
  • Also, there's currently no way to shape stations with ratings, and the service lacks an offline playback mode.
  • Audio, both with calls and media playback, is loud and crisp.
  • For better playback, allow the file to download before playing.
British Dictionary definitions for playback


the act or process of reproducing a recording, esp on magnetic tape
the part of a tape recorder serving to reproduce or used for reproducing recorded material
(modifier) of or relating to the reproduction of signals from a recording: the playback head of a tape recorder
verb (adverb)
to reproduce (recorded material) on (a magnetic tape) by means of a tape recorder
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