1. 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.
2. Especially: (a) 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. (b) 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. (c) An official contemporaneous memorandum stating the proceedings of a court of justice; a judicial record. (d) 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.
3. Testimony; witness; attestation.
John bare record, saying. --John i. 32.
4. That which serves to perpetuate a knowledge of acts or events; a monument; a memorial.
5. 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.
6. 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.
Court of record a court whose acts and judicial proceedings are written on parchment or in books for a perpetual memorial.
Debt of record, a debt which appears to be due by the evidence of a court of record, as upon a judgment or a cognizance.
Trial by record, a trial which is had when a matter of record is pleaded, and the opposite party pleads that there is no such record. In this case the trial is by inspection of the record itself, no other evidence being admissible. --Blackstone.
To beat the record, or To break the record Sporting, to surpass any performance of like kind as authoritatively recorded; as, to break the record in a walking match.
Note: Records in many fields of endeavor are listed in the Guiness">http://www.guinessworldrecords.com">Guiness Book of World Records.
Re·cord v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recorded; p. pr. & vb. n. Recording.]
1. To recall to mind; to recollect; to remember; to meditate. [Obs.] “I it you record.”
2. To repeat; to recite; to sing or play. [Obs.]
They longed to see the day, to hear the lark
Record her hymns, and chant her carols blest. --Fairfax.
3. 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. --1 Esd. i. 42.
To record a deed, mortgage, lease, etc., to have a copy of the same entered in the records of the office designated by law, for the information of the public.
Re·cord, v. i.
1. To reflect; to ponder. [Obs.]
Praying all the way, and recording upon the words which he before had read. --Fuller.
2. To sing or repeat a tune. [Obs.]
Whether the birds or she recorded best. --W. Browne.
n 1: 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"
2: the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had;
"at 9-0 they have the best record in their league"
3: 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"
4: sound recording consisting of a disc with continuous
grooves; formerly used to reproduce music by rotating
while a phonograph needle tracked in the grooves [syn: phonograph
record, phonograph recording, disk, disc, platter]
5: the sum of recognized accomplishments; "the lawyer has a
good record"; "the track record shows that he will be a
good president" [syn: track record]
6: 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" [syn: criminal
7: 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 recordbooks" [syn: record
8: a document that can serve as legal evidence of a
transaction; "they could find no record of the purchase"
v 1: make a record of; set down in permanent form [syn: enter,
2: register electronically; "They recorded her singing" [syn: tape]
3: indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The
thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The
gauge read `empty'" [syn: read, register, show]
4: be aware of; "Did you register any change when I pressed the
button?" [syn: register]
5: be or provide a memorial to a person or an event; "This
sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration
camps"; "We memorialized the Dead" [syn: commemorate, memorialize,
memorialise, immortalize, immortalise]