- 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"
- Sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
- phonograph record, phonograph recording, disk [N. Amer], disc, platter
- The number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had
"at 9-0 they have the best record in their league"
- The sum of recognized accomplishments
"the lawyer has a good record"; "the track record shows that he will be a good president"
- track 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"
- record book, book
- 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"
- A document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction
"they could find no record of the purchase"
- 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"
- criminal record
- Make a record of; set down in permanent form
- enter, put down
- Register electronically
"They recorded her singing"
- Indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
- read, register, show
- Be aware of
- Be or provide a memorial to a person or an event
- commemorate, memorialize, memorialise [Brit], immortalize, immortalise [Brit]
Derived forms: recording, records, recorded
■ noun /; AmE /
ATTENDANCE RECORD, EMPLOYER OF RECORD, HOLDER OF RECORD, OWNER OF RECORD, SHAREHOLDER OF RECORD, STOCKHOLDER OF RECORD, TRACK RECORD
a written account of sth that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future:
You should keep an accurate record of your expenses.
You can update your records online.
Our records show that you have been a customer here since 2001.
It has been one of the worst years on record for the tourist industry.
Investigators were called in to check the accounting records.
The computer keeps a record of everyone who has logged in.
❖ to keep/update a record (of sth)
◆ records contain/show/suggest sth
◆ accounting/administrative/financial/personnel/tax records
the best result or the highest or lowest level that has ever been reached:
UK consumers have set a new record for spending on credit cards.
This year the company has enjoyed record sales.
Shares reached a record low
(= the lowest level ever) of 150 000 yen in October.
The trade deficit rose to a record $38.5 billion in August.
Sales of new cars have hit record levels.
It was finished in record time.
❖ to break/hit/hold/set a record
◆ a record high/level/low/number
the facts that are known about sb/sth's past behaviour, character, achievements, etc:
The airline has a good safety record.
The company has a poor record on environmental issues.
When it comes to quality, our record speaks for itself (= shows our quality clearly).
The managing director was forced to defend the company's recent sales record to shareholders.
a good/an impressive/a proven/strong record
◆ a bad/poor record
◆ to have/keep/maintain a record
(just) for the record
used to show that you want what you are saying to be officially written down and remembered:
Just for the record I would like to clarify something my colleague said earlier.
off the record
if you tell sb sth off the record, it is not yet official and you do not want them to repeat it publicly:
Strictly off the record, some members of staff will have to be made redundant.
put/place sth on (the) record; be/go on (the) record (as saying ... )
to say sth publicly or officially so that it may be written down and repeated:
He didn't want to go on the record as either praising or criticizing the proposal.
I should like to place on record my sincere thanks to all those who have given support.
■ verb /; AmE / [+ obj]
to keep a permanent account of facts or events by writing them down, storing them in a computer, etc:
You should record all your expenses during your trip.
The accounts department has changed the ways in which foreign sales are recorded.
The device electronically records your voice for security purposes.
⇨ LOG verb (1)
to show a particular amount of profit or loss, or a particular number of sth:
The bank recorded a net loss of €55 million for the year.
The dollar recorded its eleventh drop in twelve days.
The website has recorded over 3 million hits in the last month.
The company has recorded second-quarter profits of $23 million.
1. See PHONOGRAPH DISC.
2. A chart delivered by a graphic recorder.
3. To make one of the foregoing.
4. In data processing, a constituent of a file.
5. In data processing, a data unit portraying a specific transaction.
A written account of all the acts and proceedings in a lawsuit.
A written memorial made by a public officer authorized by law to perform that function, and intended to serve as evidence of something written, said, or done.
Records may be divided into those which relate to the proceedings of congress and the state legislatures - the courts of common law - the courts of chancery - and those which are made so by statutory provisions.
- 1. Legislative acts. The acts of congress and of the several legislatures are the highest kind of records. The printed journals of congress have been so considered.
- 2. The proceedings of the courts of common law are records. But every minute made by a clerk of a court for his own future guidance in making up his record, is not a record.
- 3. Proceedings in courts of chancery are said not to be, strictly speaking, records; but they are so considered.
- 4. The legislatures of the several states have made the enrollment of certain deeds and other documents necessary in order to perpetuate the memory of the facts they contain, and declared that the copies thus made should have the effect of records.
The Constitution of the United States, Art. IV., declares that "full faith and credit shll be given, in each state, to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state; and the congress may, by general laws, prescribe the manner in which such acts, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof." In pursuance of this power, congress have passed several acts directing the manner of authenticating public records, which will be found under the article Authentication.
the act of making a record. Sometimes questions arise as to when the act of recording is complete, as in the following case. A deed of real estate was acknowledged before the register of deeds and handed to him to be recorded, and at the same instant a creditor of the grantor attached the real estate; in this case it was held the act of recording was incomplete without a certificate of the acknowledgment, and wanting that, the attaching creditor had the preference.
The fact of an instrument being recorded is held to operate as a constructive notice upon all subsequent purchasers of any estate, legal or equitable, in the same property.
But all conveyances and deeds which may be de facto recorded, are not to be considered as giving notice; in order to have this effect the instruments must be such as are authorized to be recorded, and the registry must have been made in compliance with the law, otherwise the registry is to be treated as a mere nullity, and it will not affect a subsequent purchaser or encumbrancer unless he has such actual notice as would amount to a fraud.
<data, database, programming> An ordered set of fields, usually stored contiguously. The term is used with similar meaning in several different contexts. In a file, a "record" probably has some fixed length, in contrast to a "line" which may have any length and is terminated by some End Of Line sequence). A database record is also called a "row". In a spreadsheet it is always called a "row". Some programming languages use the term to mean a type composed of fields of several other types (C calls this a "struct").
In all these cases, a record represents an entity with certain field values.
Fields may be of a fixed width (bits or characters) or they may be separated by a delimiter character, often comma (CSV) or HT (TSV).
In a database the list of values of a given field from all records is called a column.
- there was a record playing in the next room.
- lord was right about his own record.
- interest rates are running at record levels.
- these records used to send her.
- i have got no record of this horse 's form.