Definition of long-playing in US English:



  • (of a phonograph record) designed to be played at 331/3 revolutions per minute.

    ‘a long-playing record’
    • ‘After several decades' reliance on the 78-rpm single as their standard format, music companies introduced the 33-rpm long-playing album in the late 1940s.’
    • ‘Landowska, Tureck, Gould, and the long-playing record, I believe, did much to bring this monument to public attention.’
    • ‘The high price of long-playing gramophone records, and the huge quantity of them being issued, meant that many enthusiasts could not buy all the records they wanted.’
    • ‘In 1948, CBS introduced the long-playing record album, the LP.’
    • ‘The combination of the transistor and the long-playing records was the greatest achievement in the history of the musical industry, because music as a commodity could easily enter anyone's home.’
    • ‘Columbia Records, purchased by CBS in the 1930s, became an industry leader and introduced the long-playing record in 1948.’
    • ‘They quickly became the de facto world standard recorded-music carrier, and long-playing records and pre-recorded cassettes were discontinued in all but specialized markets within seven years.’
    • ‘The night before he called, my wife Brenda and I had been in town and we had bought a long-playing record.’
    • ‘Enamored of his prose, I snatched up a long-playing record of the author reading those two stories at an antiquarian book fair several years ago, even though I didn't own a record player.’
    • ‘The invention of the long-playing vinyl record in 1948 liberated composers from the three-minute confines of 78 rpm recordings.’