[v. ri-kawrd; n., adj. rek-erd]
verb (used with object)
to set down in writing or the like, as for the purpose of preserving evidence.
to cause to be set down or registered: to record one's vote.
to state or indicate: He recorded his protest, but it was disregarded.
to serve to relate or to tell of: The document records that the battle took place six years earlier.
to set down or register in some permanent form, as on a seismograph.
to set down, register, or fix by characteristic marks, incisions, magnetism, etc., for the purpose of reproduction by a phonograph or magnetic reproducer.
to make a recording of: The orchestra recorded the 6th Symphony.
verb (used without object)
to record something; make a record.
noun, record.
an act of recording.
the state of being recorded, as in writing.
an account in writing or the like preserving the memory or knowledge of facts or events.
information or knowledge preserved in writing or the like.
a report, list, or aggregate of actions or achievements: He made a good record in college. The ship has a fine sailing record.
a legally documented history of criminal activity: They discovered that the suspect had a record.
something or someone serving as a remembrance; memorial: Keep this souvenir as a record of your visit.
the tracing, marking, or the like, made by a recording instrument.
something on which sound or images have been recorded for subsequent reproduction, as a grooved disk that is played on a phonograph or an optical disk for recording sound (audiodisk) or images (videodisk) Compare compact disk.
the highest or best rate, amount, etc., ever attained, especially in sports: to hold the record for home runs; to break the record in the high jump.
Sports. the standing of a team or individual with respect to contests won, lost, and tied.
an official writing intended to be preserved.
Computers. a group of related fields, or a single field, treated as a unit and comprising part of a file or data set, for purposes of input, processing, output, or storage by a computer.
the commitment to writing, as authentic evidence, of something having legal importance, especially as evidence of the proceedings or verdict of a court.
evidence preserved in this manner.
an authentic or official written report of proceedings of a court of justice.
adjective, record.
making or affording a record.
surpassing or superior to all others: a record year for automobile sales.
go on record, to issue a public statement of one's opinion or stand: He went on record as advocating immediate integration.
off the record,
not intended for publication; unofficial; confidential: The president's comment was strictly off the record.
not registered or reported as a business transaction; off the books.
on record,
existing as a matter of public knowledge; known.
existing in a publication, document, file, etc.: There was no birth certificate on record.

1175–1225; 1875–80 for def 17; (v.) Middle English recorden < Old French recorder < Latin recordārī to remember, recollect (re- re- + cord- (stem of cors) heart + -ārī infinitive ending); (noun) Middle English record(e) < Old French, derivative of recorder; compare Medieval Latin recordum

recordable, adjective
recordless, adjective
unrecordable, adjective
well-recorded, adjective

1. register, enroll, enter, note. 11. chronicle, history, journal; note, memorandum. Unabridged
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1.  an account in permanent form, esp in writing, preserving knowledge or information about facts or events
2.  a written account of some transaction that serves as legal evidence of the transaction
3.  a written official report of the proceedings of a court of justice or legislative body, including the judgments given or enactments made
4.  anything serving as evidence or as a memorial: the First World War is a record of human folly
5.  (often plural) information or data on a specific subject collected methodically over a long period: weather records
6.  a.  the best or most outstanding amount, rate, height, etc, ever attained, as in some field of sport: an Olympic record; a world record; to break the record for the long jump
 b.  (as modifier): a record time
7.  the sum of one's recognized achievements, career, or performance: the officer has an excellent record
8.  a list of crimes of which an accused person has previously been convicted, which are known to the police but may only be disclosed to a court in certain circumstances
9.  have a record to be a known criminal; have a previous conviction or convictions
10.  gramophone record, Also called: disc a thin disc of a plastic material upon which sound has been recorded. Each side has a spiral groove, which undulates in accordance with the frequency and amplitude of the sound. Records were formerly made from a shellac-based compound but were later made from vinyl plastics
11.  the markings made by a recording instrument such as a seismograph
12.  computing a group of data or piece of information preserved as a unit in machine-readable form
13.  (in some computer languages) a data structure designed to allow the handling of groups of related pieces of information as though the group were a single entity
14.  for the record for the sake of a strict factual account
15.  go on record to state one's views publicly
16.  See off the record
17.  on record
 a.  stated in a public document
 b.  publicly known
18.  put the record straight, set the record straight to correct an error or misunderstanding
19.  to set down in some permanent form so as to preserve the true facts of: to record the minutes of a meeting
20.  to contain or serve to relate (facts, information, etc)
21.  to indicate, show, or register: his face recorded his disappointment
22.  to remain as or afford evidence of: these ruins record the life of the Romans in Britain
23.  (also intr) to make a recording of (music, speech, etc) for reproduction, or for later broadcasting
24.  (also intr) (of an instrument) to register or indicate (information) on a scale: the barometer recorded a low pressure
[C13: from Old French recorder to call to mind, from Latin recordārī to remember, from re- + cor heart]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "to get by heart," from O.Fr. recorder "repeat, recite, report," from L. recordari "remember, call to mind," from re- "restore" + cor (gen. cordis) "heart" (as the metaphoric seat of memory, cf. learn by heart); see heart. Meaning "set down in writing" first attested
c.1300; that of "put sound or pictures on disks, tape, etc." is from 1892.

c.1300, "testimony committed to writing," from O.Fr. record, from recorder "to record" (see record (v.)). Meaning "written account of some event" is from 1611. Meaning "disk on which sounds or images have been recorded" is first attested 1878. That of "best achievement in
sports, etc." is from 1883. Phrase on the record is from 1900; adv. phrase off the record "confidentially" is attested from 1933.
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Medical Dictionary

record re·cord (rĭ-kôrd')
v. re·cord·ed, re·cord·ing, re·cords

  1. To set down for preservation in writing or other permanent form.

  2. To register or indicate.

n. rec·ord (rěk'ərd)
  1. An account, as of information or facts, set down especially in writing as a means of preserving knowledge.

  2. A medical record.

  3. In dentistry, a registration of desired jaw relations in a plastic material or on a device so that such relations may be transferred to an articulator.

  4. The known history of performance, activities, or achievement.

  5. A collection of related, often adjacent items of computer data, treated as a unit.

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Computing Dictionary

records definition


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Example sentences
Owing to the disappearance of the early records of the city, the story of its
  first years can no longer be reconstructed.
The story is dark enough, drawn from the plain public records, to send a chill
  to any heart.
The drywall is made from recycled material, and the flooring material includes
  crushed vinyl records.
Fossil records from two million years ago show evidence of jaguars.
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