• WordNet 3.6
    • v note make mention of "She observed that his presentation took up too much time","They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
    • v note make a written note of "she noted everything the teacher said that morning"
    • v note notice or perceive "She noted that someone was following her","mark my words"
    • v note observe with care or pay close attention to "Take note of this chemical reaction"
    • n note a characteristic emotional quality "it ended on a sour note","there was a note of gaiety in her manner","he detected a note of sarcasm"
    • n note a brief written record "he made a note of the appointment"
    • n note a short personal letter "drop me a line when you get there"
    • n note a comment or instruction (usually added) "his notes were appended at the end of the article","he added a short notation to the address on the envelope"
    • n note a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound "the singer held the note too long"
    • n note a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling "there was a note of uncertainty in his voice"
    • n note a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank) "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"
    • n note a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time "I had to co-sign his note at the bank"
    • n note high status importance owing to marked superiority "a scholar of great eminence"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century makers’ seals have been found in America Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century...
The swallow brings the note to Lino The swallow brings the note to Lino
Jo and her mother were reading the note Jo and her mother were reading the note
Golfing Notes Golfing Notes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It would take about fourteen and half million notes of currency to build a mile high stack
    • note (Com) a bill of exchange which a person accepts, or a note which a person makes and delivers to another, not upon a consideration received, but for the purpose of raising money on credit.
    • Note A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation. "The best writers have been perplexed with notes , and obscured with illustrations."
    • Note A brief writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute.
    • Note (Mus) A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch. Hence:
    • Note A diplomatic missive or written communication.
    • Note (Mus) A key of the piano or organ.
    • Note A list of items or of charges; an account. "Here is now the smith's note for shoeing."
    • Note A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality. "Whosoever appertain to the visible body of the church, they have also the notes of external profession.""She [the Anglican church] has the note of possession, the note of freedom from party titles,the note of life -- a tough life and a vigorous.""What a note of youth, of imagination, of impulsive eagerness, there was through it all !"
    • Note A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
    • Note (Mus) A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune.
    • Note A short informal letter; a billet.
    • Note A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note.
    • note etc., to increase fraudulently its nominal value by changing the writing, figures, or printing in which the sum payable is specified.
    • Note Hence, a writing intended to be used in speaking; memoranda to assist a speaker, being either a synopsis, or the full text of what is to be said; as, to preach from notes ; also, a reporter's memoranda; the original report of a speech or of proceedings.
    • Note nōt Know not; knows not.
    • n Note Need; needful business.
    • Note Notification; information; intelligence. "The king . . . shall have note of this."
    • n Note Nut.
    • Note Observation; notice; heed. "Give orders to my servants that they take
      No note at all of our being absent hence."
    • Note Reputation; distinction; as, a poet of note . "There was scarce a family of note which had not poured out its blood on the field or the scaffold."
    • Note State of being under observation. "Small matters . . . continually in use and in note ."
    • Note Stigma; brand; reproach.
    • Note To annotate.
    • v. t Note nōt To butt; to push with the horns.
    • Note To charge, as with crime (with of or for before the thing charged); to brand. "They were both noted of incontinency."
    • Note To denote; to designate. "Moses and Aaron took these men, which are expressed by their names."
    • Note To notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed; to attend to. "No more of that; I have noted it well.""The world will little note , nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."
    • Note To record in writing; to make a memorandum of. "Every unguarded word . . . was noted down."
    • Note To set down in musical characters.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1926, a waiter in Budapest committed suicide. He left his suicide note in the form of a crossword and the police had to get help from the public to solve it
    • n note A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a sign; stamp; badge; symbol; in logic, a character or quality.
    • n note Significance; consequence; distinction; reputation.
    • n note Notice; observation; heed.
    • n note Notice; information; intelligence.
    • n note A mark on the margin of a book drawing attention to something in the text; hence, a statement subsidiary to the text of a book elucidating or adding something; an explanatory or critical comment; an annotation. In printing: An explanatory statement, or reference to authority quoted, appended to textual matter and set in smaller type than the text. Notes are of several kinds. A cut-in note is set in a space left in the text, near the outer margin, and as nearly as possible in line with the matter referred to. A center-note is placed between two columns, as in cross-references in some editions of the Bible. A side-note or marginal note is placed in the outer margin of the page, parallel with the lines of the text. A foot-note, or bottom note, follows the text at the foot of the page, but does not encroach on the margin, as side-notes do. A shoulder-note is one at the upper inner corner of a page. In some countries, as China and Japan, all notes are placed at the top of the page.
    • n note A minute or memorandum, intended to assist the memory, or for after use or reference: as, I made a note of the circumstance: generally in the plural: as, to take notes of a sermon or speech; to speak from notes.
    • n note plural A report (verbatim or more or less condensed) of a speech, discourse, statement, testimony, or the like.
    • n note A list of items; an inventory; a catalogue; a bill; an account; a reckoning.
    • n note A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment: as, a promissory note; a bank-note; a note of hand (that is, a signed promise to pay a sum of money); a negotiable note.
    • n note A short letter; a billet.
    • n note A diplomatic or official communication in writing. A note is, in a strict sense, an official communication in writing from the Department of Foreign Affairs (or of State) to a foreign diplomatic representative, or vice versa; it is distinguished from an instruction, sent by the department to one of its own diplomatic or consular representatives abroad, and from a despatch, sent by the representative abroad to his own department at home.
    • n note A small size of paper used for writing letters or notes.
    • n note In music: In the staffnotation, a character or sign by which a tone is recorded and represented to the eye. A musical sound or tone, in general or particular: as, the note of a bird; the first note of a song, etc. A note consists of from one to three parts—the head, the stem or tail, and one or more pennants, flags, or hooks, or , which are often extended from one note to another in the form of bars, when two or more notes of the same denomination are grouped together. The pitch of the tone is indicated by the position of the note on the staff relative to the clef and the key-signature, (See staff, clef, signature, key.) The relative duration of the tone is indicated by the shape of the note. The system of notes now in use includes the following: the breve, ; the semibreve or whole-note, ; the minim or half-note, ; the crotchet or quarter-note, ; the quaver or eighth-note, ; the semiquaver or sixteenth-note, ; the demisemiquaver or thirty-second-note, ; and the hemidemisemiquaver or sixty-fourth-note, . Each of these notes may be placed upon any staff-degree, and thus may signify a tone of any pitch whatever. Each of them, also, may have any time-value whatever, but when in a particular piece or passage a definite time-value is assumed for any one of them, a breve is then regarded equal in that piece or passage to two semibreves, a semibreve to two minims, a minim to two crotchets, etc. In other words, as a metrical notation, this system of notes is relative to an assumed value for one species, but absolute and definite after such an assumption. The pitch-value of a note may be modified by an accidental (which see), though the latter may also be regarded as changing the staff rather than the note. The time-value of a note may be modified by various marks, such as a dot after it (as or ), which lengthens the note by one half its original value; the tie ( or ), which binds two notes on the same pitch together and adds their respective values together; the pause, hold, or fermata ( or ), which lengthens the value of the note indefinitely according to the will of the performer; the staccato ( or ), which shortens the actual duration of the note and supplies the deficiency by a silence or rest. (See the various words.) This system is derived from the medieval systems, though with important changes. The Gregorian system of notes, which is still in use, is much nearer to the medieval system. It includes the following notes: the large, ; the long, ; the breve, ; and the semibreve, or . These in turn were derived from the early neumes. They were first used merely as indications of pitch, their time-value being indefinite, and dependent wholly upon the text sung to them; but they acquired a definite metrical significance under mensurable music. In modern usage they are generally treated as metrical. A special development of the ordinary system of notes is that of character-notes, which are varied in shape so as to indicate not only various time-values, but also the scale-values or characteristic qualities of the tones indicated. Thus, the tonic or do is always represented by one shape, the dominant or sol by another, the subdominant or fa by a third, etc. The system thus aims to secure at once the utility of the staff and of a reference to the abstract scale.
    • n note A digital or key of the keyboard: as, the white and black notes of the pianoforte.
    • n note Harmonious or melodious sound; air; tune; voice; tone.
    • n note A point marked; a degree.
    • n note A black digital on the keyboard.
    • n note A tone produced from an open string of a stringed instrument, or a note representing such a tone.
    • n note A white digital on the keyboard.
    • n note Synonyms Annotation, etc. See remark, n.
    • note To distinguish with a mark; set a mark upon; mark.
    • note To observe carefully; notice particularly.
    • note To set down in writing; make a memorandum of.
    • note To set down in musical characters; furnish with musical notes.
    • note To furnish with marginal notes; annotate.
    • note To denote; point out; indicate.
    • note To put a mark upon; brand; stigmatize.
    • note Synonyms To record, register, minute, jot down.
    • note Note, Denote, Connote (see the definitions of these words), mark.
    • note To sing.
    • note Known; well-known.
    • n note A well-known or famous place or city.
    • n note Use; employment.
    • n note Utility; profit; advantage.
    • n note Affair; matter; business; concern; event; occasion.
    • n note Expedition; undertaking; enterprise; conflict; fray.
    • note To use; make use of; enjoy.
    • note To use for food; eat: as, he notes very little.
    • note To need; have occasion for.
    • n note A dialectal variant of neat.
    • n note An obsolete or dialectal form of nut.
    • note To butt; push with the horns; gore.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The lowest valued note in the world is the Hong Kong 1 cent note of which
    • n Note nōt that by which a person or thing is known: a mark or sign calling attention: a brief explanation: a short remark: a brief report, a catalogue, a bill: a memorandum: a short letter: a diplomatic paper: a small size of paper used for writing:
    • v.t Note to make a note of: to notice: to attend to: to record in writing: to furnish with notes
    • Note nōt (Spens.) wot or knew not (a contr. of ne wot): could not (a contr. of ne mote).
    • n Note nōt (mus.) a mark representing a sound, also the sound itself, air, tune, tone, also a digital or key of the keyboard: a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment, as a bank-note, a note of hand: notice, heed, observation: reputation: fame
    • ***


  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.”
  • Doug Floyd
    Doug Floyd
    “You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”
  • Stephen Vizinczey
    Stephen Vizinczey
    “Perhaps in a book review it is not out of place to note that the safety of the state depends on cultivating the imagination.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “It should be noted that children's games are not merely games. One should regard them as their most serious activities.”


Bent as a nine bob note - (UK) A person who is as bent as a nine bob note is dishonest. The reference comes from pre-decimalisation in UK (1971), when a ten shilling (bob) note was valid currency but no such note as nine shillings existed.
Hit the right note - If you hit the right note, you speak or act in a way that has a positive effect on people.('Strike the right note' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. note, L. nota,; akin to noscere, notum, to know. See Know
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. nota, noscĕre, notum, to know.


In literature:

Into whose hands his notes had fallen on that black day when he had sacrificed everything for an unknown child, he knew not.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Forests, extensive, 2, 3 and note, 18 and note, 202 and note, 207.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
They differ, however, in the other notes which they produce at the same time that they produce their fundamental notes.
"Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son" by John Mills
Gold sells at $5 in Confederate States notes for one; U. S. Treasury notes are at a premium here of $2.50.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
There is one note for a million sterling, and a note for L25 that had been out 111 years.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
It is most suggestive to note the steps in Lot's career.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
Looking at his watch he noted that it was just one o'clock.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
The top notes ought to be practised very softly until a good round note is procured.
"The Boy's Voice" by J. Spencer Curwen
She laid her note-book down.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
Bingham had opened a pocket-book and was making a note in it with a pencil.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie

In poetry:

And I'll write him as he wrote,
Making, with his worded scorn,
Tyrant,--crowned with stinging thorn,--
His cold, cruel note.
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
Though its few years were hardly noted, when
Again her path was strown
With thorns--the roses swept away again,
And she again alone!
"Man's Devotion" by James Whitcomb Riley
ARISE, ye sons of worth, arise,
And waken every note of woe;
When truth and virtue reach the skies,
'Tis ours to weep the want below!
"Threnodia Augustalis: Overture - A Solemn Dirge" by Oliver Goldsmith
What of the strain I heard you singing once
On a clear night alone? the notes I still
Remember, could I but recall the words.
"Eclogue 9: Lycidas Moeris" by Publius Vergilius Maro
What of the strain I heard you singing once
On a clear night alone? the notes I still
Remember, could I but recall the words.
"Ecologue IX" by Virgil
Across the unsheltered pasture floats
The young lamb's shivering bleat:
There is no trembling in thy notes,
For all the snow and sleet.
"A March Minstrel" by Alfred Austin

In news:

(Note: because of this video, Ted has five job offers and will be off the street for good.).
Editor's note: Mr Evans is taking a well-deserved break this week.
For a more detailed treatment of the subject, see his article, "Beach Bullies" and an accompanying Editor's Note in the September-October 2012 issue of Audubon.
The music is perfect, the sets are as unbelievable as some of the high notes the soprano's routinely belt, but it's not a cheap date.
The song begins with an overdrawn one-note drone from Neil Young's European church organ and several chirps of a telephone.
Requiring a Doctor's Note, Tax Rates vs Growth, and Performance in Beantown .
On a bright note, the Bearcats will be sporting new football uniforms this year, as it was their turn in rotation.
1972 hiker who left note on mountain is found.
From the first huffing bass notes from Kirk Joseph's sousaphone tuba on the very first cut off the first album by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, you know you're about to be entranced for a lifetime.
Care to start your week off on a weird note.
Sanitation, maintenance problems noted at Alberta plant where E. Saturday, November 17, 2012.
As I watched him make note of my order, he responded, "The ON-dive salad is delicious this evening".
Musical note sends gator into bellowing ecstasy.
Editor's note: Big Tree Hunters are available for hunting trips and interviews in several states.
In the photo, note the trolley tracks and, on the left, the rooftop sign for the Atlas Hotel.

In science:

Note that D is a finite-dimensional locally-finite commutative derivation subalgebra.
Derivation-Simple Algebras and the Structures of Generalized Lie Algebras of Witt Type
Note that this exponent changes its sign at T = Tc .
Scaling Law and Aging Phenomena in the Random Energy Model
Note that a measure on an N -dimensional manifold Y is a current ν ∈ D0 (Y )′ = D ′N (Y ) of order 0.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
Ankm = Ik ⊗ A, an nk × nk matrix. (Note that det Ankm = (det A)k .
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
For completeness it should be noted that Macchi studied the case of continuous K (x, y ) with TrK < ∞.
Determinantal random point fields