Etymology: Middle English, literally, to recall, from Anglo-French recorder, from Latin recordari, from re- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart
Date: 14th century
(1) to set down in writing ; furnish written evidence of
(2) to deposit an authentic official copy of <record a deed> b. to state for or as if for the record <voted in favor but recorded certain reservations> c. (1) to register permanently by mechanical means <earthquake shocks recorded by a seismograph> (2) indicate, read <the thermometer recorded 90°> 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 intransitive verb to record something • recordable adjective II. noun Date: 14th century 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 especially with reference to a particular sphere of activity that often forms a discernible pattern <a good academic record> <a liberal voting record> (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; specifically a disc with a spiral groove carrying recorded sound for phonograph reproduction III. adjective Date: 1884 of, relating to, or being one that is extraordinary among or surpasses others of its kind IV. noun Date: 1946 a function of an electronic device that causes it to record
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.