One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Long-playing records collectively; the long-playing format.
2A feature of video recorders and camcorders which increases the amount of material which can be recorded on a given length of tape; especially a mechanism enabling the tape to be played at a fraction of its normal speed (typically a half or a quarter).
1940s; earliest use found in Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland). From long + play. With the use as adjective compare earlier long-playing.
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