Definitions

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

  • n. A brief record, especially one written down to aid the memory: took notes in class.
  • n. A brief informal letter. See Synonyms at letter.
  • n. A formal written diplomatic or official communication.
  • n. A comment or an explanation, as on a passage in a text.
  • n. A piece of paper currency.
  • n. A certificate issued by a government or a bank and sometimes negotiable as money.
  • n. A promissory note.
  • n. Music A tone of definite pitch.
  • n. Music A symbol for such a tone, indicating pitch by its position on the staff and duration by its shape.
  • n. Music A key of an instrument, such as a piano.
  • n. The characteristic vocal sound made by a songbird or other animal: the clear note of a cardinal.
  • n. The sign of a particular quality or emotion: a note of despair; a note of gaiety in her manner. See Synonyms at sign.
  • n. Importance; consequence: Nothing of note happened.
  • n. Notice; observation: quietly took note of the scene.
  • n. Obsolete A song, melody, or tune.
  • transitive v. To observe carefully; notice. See Synonyms at see1.
  • transitive v. To make a note of; write down: noted the time of each arrival.
  • transitive v. To show; indicate: a reporter careful to note sources of information.
  • transitive v. To make mention of; remark: noted the lateness of his arrival.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Use; employment.
  • n. Utility; profit; advantage; foredeal; benefit; pains.
  • n. Affair, matter, concern.
  • n. Business; undertaking; task, duty; purpose.
  • n. The giving of milk by a cow or sow; the period following calving or farrowing during which a cow or sow gives milk; the milk given by a cow or sow during such a period.
  • n. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
  • n. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
  • n. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
  • n. A brief piece of writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute.
  • n. A short informal letter; a billet.
  • n. A diplomatic missive or written communication.
  • n. A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note.
  • n. A piece of paper money; a banknote.
  • n. A small size of paper used for writing letters or notes.
  • n. A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch.
  • n. A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune.
  • n. A key of the piano or organ.
  • n. Observation; notice; heed.
  • n. Reputation; distinction.
  • v. To notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed
  • v. To record in writing; to make a memorandum of.
  • v. To denote; to designate
  • v. To annotate
  • v. To set down in musical characters.
  • v. To use; make use of; employ.
  • v. To use for food; eat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Know not; knows not.
  • n.
  • n. Nut.
  • n. Need; needful business.
  • n. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
  • n. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
  • n. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
  • n. A brief writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute.
  • n. Hence, a writing intended to be used in speaking; memoranda to assist a speaker, being either a synopsis, or the full text of what is to be said; ; also, a reporter's memoranda; the original report of a speech or of proceedings.
  • n. A short informal letter; a billet.
  • n. A diplomatic missive or written communication.
  • n. A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment
  • n. A list of items or of charges; an account.
  • n.
  • n. A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch. Hence
  • n. A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune.
  • n. A key of the piano or organ.
  • n. Observation; notice; heed.
  • n. Notification; information; intelligence.
  • n. State of being under observation.
  • n. Reputation; distinction.
  • n. Stigma; brand; reproach.
  • transitive v. To butt; to push with the horns.
  • transitive v. To notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed; to attend to.
  • transitive v. To record in writing; to make a memorandum of.
  • transitive v. To charge, as with crime (with of or for before the thing charged); to brand.
  • transitive v. To denote; to designate.
  • transitive v. To annotate.
  • transitive v. To set down in musical characters.
  • transitive v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To distinguish with a mark; set a mark upon; mark.
  • To observe carefully; notice particularly.
  • To set down in writing; make a memorandum of.
  • To set down in musical characters; furnish with musical notes.
  • To furnish with marginal notes; annotate.
  • To denote; point out; indicate.
  • To put a mark upon; brand; stigmatize.
  • Synonyms To record, register, minute, jot down.
  • Note, Denote, Connote (see the definitions of these words), mark.
  • To sing.
  • Known; well-known.
  • n. A well-known or famous place or city.
  • To use; make use of; enjoy.
  • To use for food; eat: as, he notes very little.
  • To need; have occasion for.
  • To butt; push with the horns; gore.
  • n. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a sign; stamp; badge; symbol; in logic, a character or quality.
  • n. Significance; consequence; distinction; reputation.
  • n. Notice; observation; heed.
  • n. Notice; information; intelligence.
  • n. A mark on the margin of a book drawing attention to something in the text; hence, a statement subsidiary to the text of a book elucidating or adding something; an explanatory or critical comment; an annotation.
  • n. A minute or memorandum, intended to assist the memory, or for after use or reference: as, I made a note of the circumstance: generally in the plural: as, to take notes of a sermon or speech; to speak from notes.
  • n. plural A report (verbatim or more or less condensed) of a speech, discourse, statement, testimony, or the like.
  • n. A list of items; an inventory; a catalogue; a bill; an account; a reckoning.
  • n. A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment: as, a promissory note; a bank-note; a note of hand (that is, a signed promise to pay a sum of money); a negotiable note.
  • n. A short letter; a billet.
  • n. A diplomatic or official communication in writing.
  • n. A small size of paper used for writing letters or notes.
  • n. In music: In the staffnotation, a character or sign by which a tone is recorded and represented to the eye. A musical sound or tone, in general or particular: as, the note of a bird; the first note of a song, etc.
  • n. A digital or key of the keyboard: as, the white and black notes of the pianoforte.
  • n. Harmonious or melodious sound; air; tune; voice; tone.
  • n. A point marked; a degree.
  • n. A black digital on the keyboard.
  • n. A tone produced from an open string of a stringed instrument, or a note representing such a tone.
  • n. A white digital on the keyboard.
  • n. Synonyms Annotation, etc. See remark, n.
  • n. Use; employment.
  • n. Utility; profit; advantage.
  • n. Affair; matter; business; concern; event; occasion.
  • n. Expedition; undertaking; enterprise; conflict; fray.
  • n. A dialectal variant of neat.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of nut.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time
  • v. observe with care or pay close attention to
  • n. a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
  • v. notice or perceive
  • n. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  • n. a short personal letter
  • v. make a written note of
  • n. a characteristic emotional quality
  • v. make mention of
  • n. a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
  • n. high status importance owing to marked superiority
  • n. a comment or instruction (usually added)
  • n. a brief written record

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nota, annotation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English note, noote ("use, usefulness, profit"), from Old English notu ("use, enjoyment, advantage, profit, utility"), from Proto-Germanic *nutō (“enjoyment, utilisation”), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (“to acquire, make use of”). Cognate with West Frisian not ("yield, produce, crop"), Dutch genot ("enjoyment, pleasure"), Dutch nut ("usefulness, utility, behoof"), German Nutzen ("benefit, usefulness, utility"), Icelandic not ("use", noun). Related also to Old English notian ("to enjoy, make use of, employ"), Old English nēotan ("to use, enjoy"), Old High German niozan ("to use, enjoy"), Modern German benutzen ("to use"). Related to nait. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English noten, notien, from Old English notian ("to make use of, use, employ, enjoy"), from Proto-Germanic *nutōnan (“to make use of”), from Proto-Indo-European *neud- (“to acquire, make use of”). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English note, from Old English not, nōt ("note, mark, sign") and Old French note ("letter, note"), both from Latin nota ("mark, sign, remark, note"). (Wiktionary)

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