[re.cord] vb [ME, lit., to recall, fr. OF recorder, fr. L recordari, fr. re- + cord-, cor heart--more at heart] vt (14c) 1 a (1): to set down in writing: furnish written evidence of (2): to deposit an authentic official copy of "~ a deed" b: to state for or as if for the record "voted in favor but ~ed certain reservations" c (1): to register permanently by mechanical means "earthquake shocks ~ed by a seismograph" (2): indicate, read "the thermometer ~ed 90 degrees"
2: to give evidence of
3: to cause (as sound, visual images, or data) to be registered on something (as a disc or magnetic tape) in reproducible form ~ vi: to record something -- re.cord.able adj
rec.ord n (14c) 1: the state or fact of being recorded
2: something that records: as a: something that recalls or relates past events b: an official document that records the acts of a public body or officer c: an authentic official copy of a document deposited with a legally designated officer d: the official copy of the papers used in a law case 3 a (1): a body of known or recorded facts about something or someone esp. with reference to a particular sphere of activity that often forms a discernible pattern "a good academic ~" "a liberal voting ~" (2): a collection of related items of information (as in a database) treated as a unit b (1): an attested top performance (2): an unsurpassed statistic
4: something on which sound or visual images have been recorded; specif: a disc with a spiral groove carrying recorded sound for phonograph reproduction -- for the record : for public knowledge: on the record -- off the record : not for publication "spoke off the record" "remarks that were off the record" -- of record : being documented or attested "a partner of record in several firms" -- on record 1: in the position of having publicly declared oneself "went on record as opposed to higher taxes"
2: being known, published, or documented "the judge's opinion is on record" -- on the record : for publication record adj (1893): of, relating to, or being one that is extraordinary among or surpasses others of its kind