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

  • transitive v. To make a full written or typewritten copy of (dictated material, for example).
  • transitive v. Computer Science To transfer (information) from one recording and storing system to another.
  • transitive v. Music To adapt or arrange (a composition) for a voice or instrument other than the original.
  • transitive v. Music To translate (a composition) from one notational system to another.
  • transitive v. Music To reduce (live or recorded music) to notation.
  • transitive v. To record, usually on tape, for broadcast at a later date.
  • transitive v. Linguistics To represent (speech sounds) by phonetic symbols.
  • transitive v. To translate or transliterate.
  • transitive v. Biology To cause (DNA) to undergo transcription.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To convert a representation of language, typically speech but also sign language, etc., to another representation. The term now usually implies the conversion of speech to text by a human transcriptionist with the assistance of a computer for word processing and sometimes also for speech recognition, the process of a computer interpreting speech and converting it to text.
  • v. To make such a conversion from live or recorded speech to text.
  • v. To transfer data from one recording media to another.
  • v. To adapt a composition for a voice or instrument other than the original; to notate live or recorded music.
  • v. To cause DNA to undergo transcription.
  • v. To represent speech by phonetic symbols.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To write over again, or in the same words; to copy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To copy out in writing: as, to transcribe the text of a document; to transcribe a letter.
  • In music, to arrange (a composition) for performance by a different voice or instrument from that for which it was originally written.

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

  • v. rewrite in a different script
  • v. convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, especially messenger RNA
  • v. rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended
  • v. make a phonetic transcription of
  • v. write out from speech, notes, etc.


Latin trānscrībere : trāns-, trans- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin trānscrībō ("to write again in another place, transcribe, copy"), from trans ("over") + scrībō ("to write"); see scribe. (Wiktionary)



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