- The definition of a record is something on which sound or images has been preserved or a permanent file of something.
- An example of record is a collection on a CD of songs by The Beatles.
- An example of record is a list of crimes that a person has committed.
- Record is defined as to register in a permanent form for playback or to make a permanent file of something.
- An example of record is for a parent to use a video camera to document his son's first birthday party.
- An example of record is to take the minutes of a staff meeting.
- to put in writing, print, etc. for future use; draw up an account of: to record the day's events
- to make a permanent or official note of: to record a vote
- to indicate automatically and permanently, as on a graph or chart: a seismograph records earthquakes
- to show, as on a dial: a thermometer records temperatures
- to remain as evidence of: metal tools record a superior civilization
- to register (sound or visual images) in some permanent form by mechanical or digital means for later reproduction, as on a playback device
- to register the performance of (a musician, actor, composition, etc.) on discs, tapes, etc. in this way
Origin of recordMiddle English recorden, to report, repeat (also, to sing, practice a tune, warble) ; from Old French recorder, to recount, recite, repeat ; from Classical Latin recordari, to call to mind, remember ; from re-, again + cor (gen. cordis), mind, heart
- to record something
- to admit of being recorded
- the condition of being recorded
- anything that is written down and preserved as evidence; account of events
- anything that serves as evidence of an event, etc.
- an official written report of public proceedings, as in a legislature or court of law, preserved for future reference
- anything that written evidence is put on or in, as a register or monument
- the known or recorded facts about anyone or anything, as about one's career
- the recorded offenses or crimes of a person who has been arrested one or more times
- ⌂ something on which sound or visual images have been recorded; esp., a thin, flat, grooved disc for playing on a phonograph
- the best performance, highest speed, greatest amount, highest rate, etc. achieved, esp. when officially recorded
- Comput. a group of logically related fields, dealt with as a unit
- ⌂ Sports the number of games, matches, etc. won and lost by a team or person
Origin of recordME < OFr < the v.
go on record⌂
like a broken record
Origin of recordin ref. to an imperfection on a phonograph record that causes the tonearm to keep tracking the same section
off the record⌂
on (the) record
verbre·cord·ed, re·cord·ing, re·cords
- To set down for preservation in writing or other permanent form: She recorded her thoughts in a diary.
- To register or indicate: The clerk recorded the votes.
- a. To render (sound or images) into permanent form for reproduction, as by mechanical or digital means.b. To record the words, sound, appearance, or performance of (someone or something): recorded the oldest townspeople on tape; recorded the violin concerto.
- a. An account, as of information or facts, set down especially in writing as a means of preserving knowledge.b. Something on which such an account is based.c. Something that records: a fossil record.
- Information or data on a particular subject collected and preserved: the coldest day on record.
- The known history of performance, activities, or achievement: your academic record; hampered by a police record.
- An unsurpassed measurement: a world record in weightlifting; a record for cold weather.
- Computers A collection of related, often adjacent items of data, treated as a unit.
- Law A transcript or a collection of statements and related information reporting the proceedings of a legislative body, a court, or an executive.
- a. A disk designed to be played on a phonograph.b. A musical recording that is issued on a medium of some kind.
Origin of recordMiddle English recorden, from Old French recorder, from Latin recordārī, to remember : re-, re- + cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
- An item of information put into a temporary or permanent physical medium.
- The person had a record of the interview so she could review her notes.
- The tourist's photographs and the tape of the police call provide a record of the crime.
- Any instance of a physical medium on which information was put for the purpose of preserving it and making it available for future reference.
- We have no record of you making this payment to us.
- A vinyl disc on which sound is recorded and may be replayed on a phonograph.
- I still like records better than CDs.
- (computing) A set of data relating to a single individual or item.
- The most extreme known value of some achievement, particularly in competitive events.
- The heat and humidity were both new records.
- The team set a new record for most points scored in a game.
From Middle English recorden (“to repeat, to report"), from Old French record, from recorder. See record (verb).
(third-person singular simple present records, present participle recording, simple past and past participle recorded)
- To make a record of information.
- I wanted to record every detail of what happened, for the benefit of future generations.
- Specifically, to make an audio or video recording of.
- Within a week they had recorded both the song and the video for it.
- (law) To give legal status to by making an official public record.
- When the deed was recorded, we officially owned the house.
- (intransitive) To fix in a medium, usually in a tangible medium.
- (intransitive) To make an audio, video, or multimedia recording.
- They longed to see the day, to hear the lark / Record her hymns, and chant her carols blest.
record - Computer Definition
(1) Pronounced "reck-erd," a group of related and adjacent fields of data about a subject or transaction. A collection of records makes up a database file or simple flat file. See flat file, relational database and master file.
(2) Pronounced "reck-erd," a block of data read and written at one time by the operating system's file system. The contents of a block may contain any type of data and are not a one-to-one relationship to database records as in definition #1 above. See file system.
(3) Pronounced "ruh-kord," to capture audio or video onto a magnetic tape, magnetic disk or solid state memory.
(4) Pronounced "reck-erd," an analog audio recording pressed into a vinyl disc, although early 78 RPM records were a mixture of shellac, cotton, slate and wax. These records are known as "phonograph records" or "gramophone records." See LP.
record - Legal Definition
- A documentation of things past in writing; often the exact history of a legal proceeding; information stored in electronic form on some medium such as computer drive, CD, or DVD; the official transcript of a trial or proceeding that contains its word-by-word documentation.
- the act of filing a document with a court or official office, as in “to record a deed.”