• Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to Virginia during the 17th century
    Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to Virginia during the 17th century
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v record be or provide a memorial to a person or an event "This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps","We memorialized the Dead"
    • v record indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero","The gauge read `empty'"
    • v record register electronically "They recorded her singing"
    • v record make a record of; set down in permanent form
    • v record be aware of "Did you register any change when I pressed the button?"
    • n record the sum of recognized accomplishments "the lawyer has a good record","the track record shows that he will be a good president"
    • n record an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport) "he tied the Olympic record","coffee production last year broke all previous records","Chicago set the homicide record"
    • n record sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
    • n record a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted "he ruled that the criminal record of the defendant could not be disclosed to the court","the prostitute had a record a mile long"
    • n record a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone "Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'","his name is in all the record books"
    • n record anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events "the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques"
    • n record a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction "they could find no record of the purchase"
    • n record the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had "at 9-0 they have the best record in their league"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Siphon recorder Siphon recorder
Graphophone recording and reproducing Graphophone recording and reproducing
Gramophone recorder Gramophone recorder
Record  office in the tower of London Record office in the tower of London

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On record, the largest iceberg ever, was larger than the country of Belgium.
    • Record A writing by which some act or event, or a number of acts or events, is recorded; a register; as, a record of the acts of the Hebrew kings; a record of the variations of temperature during a certain time; a family record .
    • Record An authentic official copy of a document which has been entered in a book, or deposited in the keeping of some officer designated by law.
    • Record An official contemporaneous memorandum stating the proceedings of a court of justice; a judicial record.
    • Record An official contemporaneous writing by which the acts of some public body, or public officer, are recorded; as, a record of city ordinances; the records of the receiver of taxes.
    • Record Testimony; witness; attestation. "John bare record , saying."
    • Record That which has been publicly achieved in any kind of competitive sport as recorded in some authoritative manner, as the time made by a winning horse in a race.
    • Record That which has been, or might be, recorded; the known facts in the course, progress, or duration of anything, as in the life of a public man; as, a politician with a good or a bad record .
    • Record That which serves to perpetuate a knowledge of acts or events; a monument; a memorial.
    • Record The various legal papers used in a case, together with memoranda of the proceedings of the court; as, it is not permissible to allege facts not in the record .
    • Record To preserve the memory of, by committing to writing, to printing, to inscription, or the like; to make note of; to write or enter in a book or on parchment, for the purpose of preserving authentic evidence of; to register; to enroll; as, to record the proceedings of a court; to record historical events. "Those things that are recorded of him . . . are written in the chronicles of the kings."
    • Record To recall to mind; to recollect; to remember; to meditate. "I it you record ."
    • Record To reflect; to ponder. "Praying all the way, and recording upon the words which he before had read."
    • Record To repeat; to recite; to sing or play. "They longed to see the day, to hear the lark Record her hymns, and chant her carols blest."
    • Record To sing or repeat a tune. "Whether the birds or she recorded best."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.
    • record To call to mind; recall; remember; bear in mind.
    • record To recall (to another's mind); remind.
    • record To bring to mind; suggest.
    • record To see or know by personal presence; bear witness to; attest.
    • record To recite; repeat; sing; play.
    • record To preserve the memory of by written or other characters; take a note of; register; enroll; chronicle; note; write or inscribe in a book or on parchment, paper, or other material, for the purpose of preserving authentic or correct evidence of: as, to record the proceedings of a court; to record a deed or lease; to record historical events.
    • record To mark distinctly.
    • record Figuratively, to imprint deeply on the mind or memory: as, to record the sayings of another in the heart.
    • record Synonyms Record, Register, Chronicle, Enroll, Enlist. To record events, facts, words; to register persons, voters, things; to enroll volunteers, scholars; to chronicle events; to enlist soldiers, marines. To record a mortgage or deed; to register a marriage.
    • record To reflect; meditate; ponder.
    • record To sing or repeat a tune: now only of birds.
    • n record Attestation of a fact or event; testimony; witness.
    • n record Memory; remembrance.
    • n record That which preserves remembrance or memory; a memorial.
    • n record Something set down in writing or delineated for the purpose of preserving memory; specifically, a register; an authentic or official copy of any writing, or an account of any facts and proceedings, whether public or private, usually entered in a book for preservation; also, the book containing such copy or account: as, the records of a court of justice; the records of a town or parish; the records of a family. In law the term is often used, even without qualification, to designate the records of a family, a corporation, a priest or church, etc., but these, except when rendered public by law or legal sanction, are really private records.
    • n record The aggregate of known facts in a person's life, especially in that of a public man; personal history: as, a good record; a candidate with a record.
    • n record In racing, sports, etc., the best or highest recorded achievement of speed, distance, endurance, or the like: as, to beat the record in leaping.
    • n record Same as recorder, 4.
    • n record In old English law, authentic documents in official rolls of parchment, particularly of judicial proceedings, and preserved in a court of record.
    • n record In modern use, the original process and pleadings in an action or suit, with the judgment and such other proceedings as are involved therein and required to be included by the law of the forum, which are filed and registered as containing a permanent memorial of the essential features of the adjudication.
    • n record Synonyms Note, chronicle, account, minute, memorandum.
    • n record A cylinder or disk which bears a series of indentations originally made in wax, foil, or other plastic material by the vibrating stylus of a phonograph or similar instrument and which may be used in the reproduction of the original sounds. The name is applied both to the original impression in wax or other plastic material and to any cast or copy of this original in non-plastic material.
    • n record Also used attributively in the sense of definition 6: as, “a record subscription list”; “a record output in steel,” etc., meaning the largest on record.
    • n record In the sense of having a published record; being on record as having accomplished some particular feat. In fanciers' language a ‘record homer’ is a homing pigeon with an established record of having flown a certain distance within a specified time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The highest recorded temperature in the US was 134 Fahrenheit in Death Valley, California.
    • v.t Record rē-kord′ to write anything formally, to preserve evidence of it: to bear witness to: to register or enrol: to celebrate
    • n Record rek′ord a register: a formal writing of any fact or proceeding: a book of such writings: a witness, a memorial: memory, remembrance: anything entered in the rolls of a court, esp. the formal statements or pleadings of parties in a litigation
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  • William A. Ward
    “Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.”
  • Sister Elizabeth Kenny
    Sister Elizabeth Kenny
    “The record of one's life must needs prove more interesting to him who writes it than to him who reads what has been written.”
  • Earl Campbell
    Earl Campbell
    “Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.”
  • Rod Serling
    Rod Serling
    “There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.”
  • Sebastian Coe
    Sebastian Coe
    “World records are only borrowed.”


Broken record - When someone sounds like a broken record, they keep on repeating the same things. ('Stuck record' is also used.)
Just for the record - If something is said to be just for the record, the person is saying it so that people know but does not necessarily agree with or support it.
Off the record - Something off the record is said in confidence because the speaker doesn't want it attributed to them, especially when talking to the media.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. recorden, to repeat, remind, F. recorder, fr. L. recordari, to remember; pref. re-, re- + cor, cordis, the heart or mind. See Cordial Heart


In literature:

So Ben Halse and the induna agreed to stalk the big koodoo bull with the "record" horns on the following night.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
Age after age is recorded in the rocks.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Nolan (1960:240) has recorded a male singing the normal song while in flight.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
Out of seventy-two described by Cooke, twenty-four are recorded as acrid.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
Such has been the record of this country in war.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Did Abraham take with him in his pilgrimage the records of his people?
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
It is usual to refer to Noah's ark as the oldest ship of which there is any authentic record.
"Ancient and Modern Ships." by George C. V. Holmes
I placed the phonograph in order and made a record of the sound, which I preserved for study.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
Not only is the keeping of camp records a necessity, but certain records are of great value in planning future camps.
"Campward Ho!" by Unknown
Two records of this expedition were kept.
"The Aboriginal Population of the North Coast of California" by Sherburne Friend Cook

In poetry:

And the beautiful, whose record
Is the verse that cannot die,
They too are gone, with their glorious bloom,
From the love of human eye.
"The Departed" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
To-day's most trivial act may hold the seed
Of future fruitfulness, or future dearth;
Oh, cherish always every word and deed!
The simplest record of thyself hath worth.
"The Past" by Henry Timrod
What shall be written here ?
What in these pages shall the weak hand trace ?
Shall it record the source of many a tear—
Paint the heart-wounds—the spirit's baffled race ?
"Stanzas," by Robert Calder Campbell
O believe the record true,
God to you his Son hath give
Ye may now be happy too,
Find on earth the life of heaven,
Live the life of heaven above,
All the life of glorious love.
"Hymn XX: Weary Souls, that Wander Wide" by Charles Wesley
Some in the sunny days of youth;
And some in ripening age,
Went forth with valiant hearts and hopes,
To breast the conflict's rage;
And history every name records
On her immortal page.
"Harvard's Dead" by Samuel Francis Smith
There are pale garlands hung above,
Of dying scent and hue;–
She was a mother–in her love
How sorrowfully true!
Oh! hallow'd long be every leaf,
The record of her children's grief!
"The Queen Of Prussia's Tomb" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

The Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC) announced a number of measures it is taking to further speed the expansion of the recordable DVD market.
Red Onion Records & Books, one of four used-record shops in Adams Morgan, is due to close Sept 30.
Entitled "Morgan James Live," the recording will be available from Epic Records beginning Dec 4.
Grant Catalino (1) tied a MLL single game scoring record with nine goals, which also set the Rochester Rattlers record, on Friday night against the Hamilton Nationals.
It's Record Store Day, and Roky Erickson has just finished signing autographs at Waterloo Records in his hometown of Austin, Texas.
Published July 16, 2012 On the Record On the Record.
Snowbird's hit an all-time season record for total snowfall at their resort and they're well on their way to breaking Alta's state record of 760 inches in 1983/84.
Sass Jordan Records Vocal Track For Jake E Lee's New Solo Record.
Canadian Sass Jordan was recently in Las Vegas to record vocals for a song appearing on Jake E Lee's upcoming solo record.
Schoolcraft comes in champions of the KVA with a sparkling 10-0 record while the Falcons come in with a 8-2 record.
Electric bluegrass sensation Seasick Steve has signed with Third Man Records for a North American one-album record deal, releasing a two-song single for the label's Blue Series in the coming months.
Recording and mixing your own music used to require special equipment, such as multitrack tape recorders and MIDI sequencers.
Last year marked the fifth consecutive record for US soybean exports, and 2012 could topple that record again – if all the right economic conditions align, says Darrel Good, University of Illinois agricultural economist.
Mr Byars was recognized by Guinness World Records as the stone-skipping record holder with 51 skips.
Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds office records show the Golden State filed a lien against the 44-year-old, whose real name is Steve Williams, on June 10.

In science:

Here lu and lv are the number of 1s in the original record u and its corresponding perturbed record v , respectively, while K and ρ are operator parameters.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
However, it is clear that, in the same way that entropy rates relate to a level of “surprise” when tracking the forward evolution of a random process, similarly J relates to a situation where we record new values of a random process at widely separated gaps of an earlier record.
The maximum entropy ansatz in the absence of a time arrow: fractional pole models
Proposition 6 Conditionally given (Hk ), the sequence (Un ) | ρ (Hk ) has the same distribution as (Un ) conditioned on the event that the sequence of lower records in (Un ) is (Hk ), with the record value Hk repeated ρk times.
Constrained exchangeable partitions
It should be easy to record status of random number generator and restart it using recorded data.
Upgrade of the Cellular General Purpose Monte Carlo Tool FOAM to version 2.06
When πnj is a record we say that πnj is a record value and that j is a record time (or a record position).
Coherent random permutations with record statistics