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note

[noht] /noʊt/
noun
1.
a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
2.
notes, a record or outline of a speech, statement, testimony, etc., or of one's impressions of something.
3.
an explanatory or critical comment, or a reference to some authority quoted, appended to a passage in a book or the like:
a note on the origin of the phrase.
4.
a brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
5.
Library Science. additional information about a work, such as its special series or some other significant identification, included on the library catalog entry.
6.
a short, informal letter:
a thank-you note.
7.
a formal diplomatic or official communication in writing:
a note delivered by the ambassador.
8.
a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment; promissory note.
9.
a certificate, as of a government or a bank, accepted as money.
10.
eminence, distinction, or reputation:
a man of note.
11.
importance or consequence:
few events of particular note.
12.
notice, observation, or heed:
to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
13.
a characteristic or distinguishing feature:
a note of whimsy in the design of the house.
14.
a mark, quality, or indication of something, especially as a submerged but ubiquitous element:
There was just a note of bitterness in his films.
15.
a characteristic way of speaking or thinking:
His critics had begun to change their note.
16.
a signal, announcement, or intimation:
a note of warning in her voice.
17.
Music.
  1. a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
  2. a key, as of a piano.
18.
a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
19.
a musical sound or tone.
20.
a melody, tune, or song.
21.
a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird:
attentive to the thrush's note.
22.
any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
23.
a new or unexpected element in a situation.
24.
a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.
verb (used with object), noted, noting.
25.
to write or mark down briefly; make a memorandum of:
to note the places of interest.
26.
to make particular mention of in a writing:
She noted their extra efforts in her report.
27.
to annotate.
28.
to observe carefully; give attention or heed to:
Note the fine brushwork in this painting.
29.
to take notice of; perceive:
We noted his concern at the announcement.
30.
to set down in or furnish with musical notes.
31.
to indicate or designate; signify; denote.
Idioms
32.
compare notes, to exchange views, ideas, or impressions:
The returning tourists were sitting on the sun deck comparing notes.
Origin of note
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin nota sign for musical tone, Latin: mark, sign, lettering; (v.) Middle English noten < Old French noter to mark < Latin notāre, derivative of the noun
Related forms
noter, noun
prenote, noun, verb (used with object), prenoted, prenoting.
subnote, noun
undernote, noun
unnoting, adjective
Synonyms
1. memorandum, minute. 3. commentary, annotation. See remark. 9. bill. 10. repute, celebrity, fame, renown, name. 25. register, record. 29. see, spot, remark. 31. mention.
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  • Nor is advice important to those who have opportunities to compare notes on reading with friends who have similar tastes.

  • You will have plenty of time to compare notes when you are once on board.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • A turned-down page, it is perhaps a little too dog-eared to be read over again, but we all like to compare notes.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • Or suppose all together, and let them compare notes afterward.

    Excursions and Poems Henry David Thoreau
  • They were both enthusiasts about a garden, and found it intensely interesting to compare notes.

    Miss Merivale's Mistake Mrs. Henry Clarke
  • "Let us compare notes," said the chaplain, sitting down opposite.

  • They should keep their eyes open from now till the time of the Fair, and they should compare notes once in a while.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun George W. Peck
  • I'll ask her this afternoon and we will compare notes as to our adieux!'

    Chronicles of Dustypore Henry Stewart Cunningham
  • The collaborators met at Werdet's house to discuss and compare notes.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
British Dictionary definitions for compare notes

note

/nəʊt/
noun
1.
a brief summary or record in writing, esp a jotting for future reference
2.
a brief letter, usually of an informal nature
3.
a formal written communication, esp from one government to another
4.
a short written statement giving any kind of information
5.
a critical comment, explanatory statement, or reference in the text of a book, often preceded by a number
6.
short for banknote
7.
a characteristic element or atmosphere: a note of sarcasm
8.
a distinctive vocal sound, as of a species of bird or animal: the note of the nightingale
9.
any of a series of graphic signs representing a musical sound whose pitch is indicated by position on the stave and whose duration is indicated by the sign's shape
10.
Also called (esp US and Canadian) tone. a musical sound of definite fundamental frequency or pitch
11.
a key on a piano, organ, etc
12.
a sound, as from a musical instrument, used as a signal or warning: the note to retreat was sounded
13.
short for promissory note
14.
(archaic or poetic) a tune or melody
15.
of note
  1. distinguished or famous: an athlete of note
  2. worth noticing or paying attention to; important: nothing of note
16.
strike the right note, to behave appropriately
17.
strike a false note, to behave inappropriately
18.
(often foll by of) take note, to observe carefully; pay close attention (to)
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
19.
to notice; perceive: he noted that there was a man in the shadows
20.
to pay close attention to; observe: they noted every movement
21.
to make a written note or memorandum of: she noted the date in her diary
22.
to make particular mention of; remark upon: I note that you do not wear shoes
23.
to write down (music, a melody, etc) in notes
24.
to take (an unpaid or dishonoured bill of exchange) to a notary public to re-present the bill and if it is still unaccepted or unpaid to note the circumstances in a register See protest (sense 12)
25.
a less common word for annotate
See also notes
Derived Forms
noteless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin nota sign, indication
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Word Origin and History for compare notes

note

v.

c.1200, "observe, take mental note of, mark carefully," from Old French noter "indicate, designate; take note of, write down," from Latin notare "to mark, to note, to make a note," from nota "mark, sign, note, character, letter" (see note (n.)). Meaning "to set in writing" is from early 14c. Related: Noted; noting.

n.

c.1300, "a song, music, instrumental music; a musical note," from Latin nota "letter, character, note," originally "a mark, sign, means of recognition," which is perhaps related to notus, past participle of noscere (Old Latin *gnoscere) "to know" (see know). Meaning "notice, attention, reputation" is early 14c. Meaning "brief writing" is from 1540s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for compare notes
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with compare notes

compare notes

Exchange information, observations, or opinions about something, as in Michael and Jane always compare notes after a department meeting. This term originally referred to written notes. [ c. 1700 ]
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