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

  • transitive v. To set down for preservation in writing or other permanent form.
  • transitive v. To register or indicate: The clerk recorded the votes.
  • transitive v. To register (sound or images) in permanent form by mechanical or electrical means for reproduction.
  • transitive v. To register the words, sound, appearance, or performance of by such means: recorded the oldest townspeople on tape; recorded the violin concerto.
  • intransitive v. To record something.
  • n. An account, as of information or facts, set down especially in writing as a means of preserving knowledge.
  • n. Something on which such an account is based.
  • n. Something that records: a fossil record.
  • n. Information or data on a particular subject collected and preserved: the coldest day on record.
  • n. The known history of performance, activities, or achievement: your academic record; hampered by a police record.
  • n. An unsurpassed measurement: a world record in weightlifting; a record for cold weather.
  • n. Computer Science A collection of related, often adjacent items of data, treated as a unit.
  • n. Law An account officially written and preserved as evidence or testimony.
  • n. Law An account of judicial or legislative proceedings written and preserved as evidence.
  • n. Law The documents or volumes containing such evidence.
  • n. A disk designed to be played on a phonograph.
  • n. Something, such as magnetic tape, on which sound or visual images have been recorded.
  • idiom go on record To embrace a certain position publicly: go on record in favor of the mayor's reelection.
  • idiom off the record Not for publication: The senator told the reporters that his remarks were strictly off the record.
  • idiom on record Known to have been stated or to have taken a certain position: The senator's opposition to the new legislation is on record.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An item of information put into a temporary or permanent physical medium.
  • n. Any instance of a physical medium on which information was put for the purpose of preserving it and making it available for future reference.
  • n. A vinyl disc on which sound is recorded and may be replayed on a phonograph.
  • n. A set of data relating to a single individual or item.
  • n. The most extreme known value of some achievement, particularly in competitive events.
  • v. To make a record of information.
  • v. Specifically, to make an audio or video recording of.
  • v. To give legal status to by making an official public record.
  • v. To fix in a medium, usually in a tangible medium.
  • v. To make an audio, video, or multimedia recording.
  • v. To repeat; to practice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writing by which some act or event, or a number of acts or events, is recorded; a register.
  • n.
  • n. An official contemporaneous writing by which the acts of some public body, or public officer, are recorded.
  • n. An authentic official copy of a document which has been entered in a book, or deposited in the keeping of some officer designated by law.
  • n. An official contemporaneous memorandum stating the proceedings of a court of justice; a judicial record.
  • n. The various legal papers used in a case, together with memoranda of the proceedings of the court.
  • n. Testimony; witness; attestation.
  • n. That which serves to perpetuate a knowledge of acts or events; a monument; a memorial.
  • n. That which has been, or might be, recorded; the known facts in the course, progress, or duration of anything, as in the life of a public man.
  • n. That which has been publicly achieved in any kind of competitive sport as recorded in some authoritative manner, as the time made by a winning horse in a race.
  • intransitive v. To reflect; to ponder.
  • intransitive v. To sing or repeat a tune.
  • transitive v. To recall to mind; to recollect; to remember; to meditate.
  • transitive v. To repeat; to recite; to sing or play.
  • transitive v. To preserve the memory of, by committing to writing, to printing, to inscription, or the like; to make note of; to write or enter in a book or on parchment, for the purpose of preserving authentic evidence of; to register; to enroll

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call to mind; recall; remember; bear in mind.
  • To recall (to another's mind); remind.
  • To bring to mind; suggest.
  • To see or know by personal presence; bear witness to; attest.
  • To recite; repeat; sing; play.
  • To preserve the memory of by written or other characters; take a note of; register; enroll; chronicle; note; write or inscribe in a book or on parchment, paper, or other material, for the purpose of preserving authentic or correct evidence of: as, to record the proceedings of a court; to record a deed or lease; to record historical events.
  • To mark distinctly.
  • Figuratively, to imprint deeply on the mind or memory: as, to record the sayings of another in the heart.
  • Synonyms Record, Register, Chronicle, Enroll, Enlist. To record events, facts, words; to register persons, voters, things; to enroll volunteers, scholars; to chronicle events; to enlist soldiers, marines. To record a mortgage or deed; to register a marriage.
  • To reflect; meditate; ponder.
  • To sing or repeat a tune: now only of birds.
  • n. Attestation of a fact or event; testimony; witness.
  • n. Memory; remembrance.
  • n. That which preserves remembrance or memory; a memorial.
  • n. Something set down in writing or delineated for the purpose of preserving memory; specifically, a register; an authentic or official copy of any writing, or an account of any facts and proceedings, whether public or private, usually entered in a book for preservation; also, the book containing such copy or account: as, the records of a court of justice; the records of a town or parish; the records of a family.
  • n. The aggregate of known facts in a person's life, especially in that of a public man; personal history: as, a good record; a candidate with a record.
  • n. In racing, sports, etc., the best or highest recorded achievement of speed, distance, endurance, or the like: as, to beat the record in leaping.
  • n. Same as recorder, 4.
  • n. In old English law, authentic documents in official rolls of parchment, particularly of judicial proceedings, and preserved in a court of record.
  • n. In modern use, the original process and pleadings in an action or suit, with the judgment and such other proceedings as are involved therein and required to be included by the law of the forum, which are filed and registered as containing a permanent memorial of the essential features of the adjudication.
  • n. Synonyms Note, chronicle, account, minute, memorandum.
  • n. A cylinder or disk which bears a series of indentations originally made in wax, foil, or other plastic material by the vibrating stylus of a phonograph or similar instrument and which may be used in the reproduction of the original sounds. The name is applied both to the original impression in wax or other plastic material and to any cast or copy of this original in non-plastic material.
  • n. Also used attributively in the sense of definition 6: as, “a record subscription list”; “a record output in steel,” etc., meaning the largest on record.
  • n. In the sense of having a published record; being on record as having accomplished some particular feat. In fanciers' language a ‘record homer’ is a homing pigeon with an established record of having flown a certain distance within a specified time.

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

  • v. be or provide a memorial to a person or an event
  • v. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
  • v. be aware of
  • n. a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted
  • n. a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
  • v. register electronically
  • n. anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
  • n. an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport)
  • n. the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had
  • n. sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
  • v. make a record of; set down in permanent form
  • n. the sum of recognized accomplishments
  • n. a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction


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

Middle English recorden, from Old French recorder, from Latin recordārī, to remember : re-, re- + cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English recorden ("to repeat, to report"), from Old French record, from recorder. See record (verb).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English recorden ("to repeat, to report"), from Old French recorder ("to get by heart"), from Latin recordārī, present active infinitive of recordor ("remember, call to mind"), from re- ("back, again") + cor ("heart; mind").


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