from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A formal or official recording of items, names, or actions.
  • n. A book for such entries.
  • n. An entry in such a record.
  • n. The act of registering.
  • n. A device that automatically records a quantity or number.
  • n. Computer Science A part of the central processing unit used as a storage location.
  • n. An adjustable, grill-like device through which heated or cooled air is released into a room.
  • n. A state of proper alignment: to be in register.
  • n. Printing Exact alignment of the lines and margins on the opposite sides of a leaf.
  • n. Printing Proper positioning of colors in color printing.
  • n. Music The range of an instrument or a voice.
  • n. Music A part of such a range.
  • n. Music A group of matched organ pipes; a stop.
  • n. A variety of language used in a specific social setting: speaking in an informal register; writing in a scientific register.
  • transitive v. To enter in an official register.
  • transitive v. To enroll officially or formally, especially in order to vote or attend classes.
  • transitive v. To set down in writing; record: "It is for the historian to discover and register what actually happened” ( Robert Conquest).
  • transitive v. To indicate on or as if on an instrument or a scale.
  • transitive v. To give outward signs of; express: Her face registered surprise.
  • transitive v. To attain or achieve: registered a new high in sales.
  • transitive v. To cause (mail) to be officially recorded and specially handled by payment of a fee.
  • transitive v. To adjust so as to be properly aligned.
  • intransitive v. To place or cause placement of one's name in a register.
  • intransitive v. To have one's name officially placed on a list of eligible voters.
  • intransitive v. To enroll as a student.
  • intransitive v. To be indicated on or as if on an instrument or a scale.
  • intransitive v. To be shown or expressed, as on the face.
  • intransitive v. To make an impression; be recorded in the mind: The warning failed to register.
  • intransitive v. To be in proper alignment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc.
  • n. A book of such entries.
  • n. An entry in such a book.
  • n. The act of registering.
  • n. A device that automatically records a quantity.
  • n. Part of the central processing unit used to store and manipulate numbers.
  • n. A list of received calls in a phone set.
  • n. The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors.
  • n. The range of a voice or instrument.
  • n. An organ stop.
  • n. A style of a language used in a particular context
  • n. A grille at the outflow of a ventilation duct.
  • v. To enter in a register.
  • v. To enroll, especially to vote.
  • v. To record, especially in writing.
  • v. To express outward signs.
  • v. To record officially and handle specially.
  • v. To adjust so as to be properly aligned.
  • v. To place one's name, or have one's name placed in a register.
  • v. To enroll as a student.
  • v. To make an impression.
  • v. To be in proper alignment.
  • v. To voluntarily sign over for safe keeping, abandoning complete ownership for partial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A written account or entry; an official or formal enumeration, description, or record; a memorial record; a list or roll; a schedule.
  • n.
  • n. A record containing a list and description of the merchant vessels belonging to a port or customs district.
  • n. A certificate issued by the collector of customs of a port or district to the owner of a vessel, containing the description of a vessel, its name, ownership, and other material facts. It is kept on board the vessel, to be used as an evidence of nationality or as a muniment of title.
  • n. One who registers or records; a registrar; a recorder; especially, a public officer charged with the duty of recording certain transactions or events.
  • n. That which registers or records.
  • n. A contrivance for automatically noting the performance of a machine or the rapidity of a process.
  • n. The part of a telegraphic apparatus which records automatically the message received.
  • n. A machine for registering automatically the number of persons passing through a gateway, fares taken, etc.; a telltale.
  • n. A lid, stopper, or sliding plate, in a furnace, stove, etc., for regulating the admission of air to the fuel; also, an arrangement containing dampers or shutters, as in the floor or wall of a room or passage, or in a chimney, for admitting or excluding heated air, or for regulating ventilation.
  • n.
  • n. The inner part of the mold in which types are cast.
  • n. The correspondence of pages, columns, or lines on the opposite or reverse sides of the sheet.
  • n. The correspondence or adjustment of the several impressions in a design which is printed in parts, as in chromolithographic printing, or in the manufacture of paper hangings. See Register, v. i. 2.
  • n.
  • n. The compass of a voice or instrument; a specified portion of the compass of a voice, or a series of vocal tones of a given compass.
  • n. A stop or set of pipes in an organ.
  • intransitive v. To enroll one's name in a register.
  • intransitive v. To correspond in relative position; , register when the corresponding parts fall in the same line, or when line falls exactly upon line in reverse pages, or (as in chromatic printing) where the various colors of the design are printed consecutively, and perfect adjustment of parts is necessary.
  • transitive v. To enter in a register; to record formally and distinctly, as for future use or service.
  • transitive v. To enroll; to enter in a list.
  • transitive v. To enter the name of the owner of (a share of stock, a bond, or other security) in a register, or record book. A registered security is transferable only on the written assignment of the owner of record and on surrender of his bond, stock certificate, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To enter in a register; indicate by registering; record in any way.
  • To mark or indicate on a register or scale.
  • In rope-making, to twist, as yarns, into a strand.
  • Synonyms See record.
  • To enter one's name, or cause it to bo entered, in a register, as at a hotel, or in the registry of qualified voters.
  • In printing, etc.: To correspond exactly in symmetry, as columns or lines of printed matter on opposite sides of a leaf, so that line shall fall upon line and column upon column.
  • To correspond exactly in position, as in color-printing, so that every different color-impression shall fall exactly in its proper place, forming no double lines, and neither leaving blank spaces nor passing the limits proper to any other color.
  • In organ-playing, same as registrate.
  • To enter (a letter) at a post-office as a registered letter (which see, under letter).
  • n. An official written account or entry, usually in a book regularly kept, as of acts, proceedings, or names, for preservation or for reference; a record; a list: a roll; also, the book in which such a record is kept: as, a parish register; a hotel register.
  • n. In com., a document issued by the customs authorities as evidence of a ship's nationality. See registration of British ships, under registration.
  • n. The printed list of signatures at the end of early printed books.
  • n. In music: The compass or range of a voice or an instrument.
  • n. A particular series of tones, within the compass of a voice or of certain instruments, which is produced in the same way and with the same quality: as, the chest-register of the voice, or the chalumeau register of the clarinet.
  • n. In organ-building: Same as stop or stop-knob.
  • n. A perforated frame or board for holding a set of trackers in place.
  • n. A device for registering automatically the number of revolutions made or the amount of work done by machinery, or for recording the pressure of steam, air, or water, or other data, by means of apparatus deriving motion from the object or objects whose force, velocity, etc., it is desired to ascertain.
  • n. A contrivance for regulating the passage of heat or air, as the draft-regulating plate of a furnace, or the damper-plate of a locomotive engine; a perforated plate with valves governing the opening into a duct which admits warm air into a room for heat, or fresh air for ventilation, or which allows foul air to escape.
  • n. In printing, exact adjustment of position in the presswork of books or papers printed on both sides of the leaf.
  • n. The inner part of the mold in which types are cast.
  • n. In bookbinding, a ribbon attached to a full-bound book to serve as a marker of place for the reader.
  • n. Synonyms Catalogue, etc. (see list), chronicle, archives.
  • n. One who registers: same as registrar.
  • n. Specifically In law: An officer of a United States district court, formerly appointed under the United States bankruptcy act, for the purpose of assisting the judge in the performance of his duties under that act, by attending to matters of detail and routine, or purely administrative in their character.
  • n. In some parts of the United States, an officer who receives and records deeds so as to give public notice thereof.
  • n. A float or buoy attached to a submarine cable while it is being paid out, to diminish the tension on the cable and the liability to injury from that cause.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. show in one's face
  • v. enroll to vote
  • v. record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
  • v. enter into someone's consciousness
  • n. (computer science) memory device that is the part of computer memory that has a specific address and that is used to hold information of a specific kind
  • n. a book in which names and transactions are listed
  • n. an official written record of names or events or transactions
  • n. a cashbox with an adding machine to register transactions; used in shops to add up the bill
  • n. an air passage (usually in the floor or a wall of a room) for admitting or excluding heated air from the room
  • v. record in a public office or in a court of law
  • v. have one's name listed as a candidate for several parties
  • v. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
  • v. send by registered mail
  • n. a regulator (as a sliding plate) for regulating the flow of air into a furnace or other heating device
  • v. manipulate the registers of an organ
  • v. be aware of
  • n. (music) the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English registre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin registrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta, from Latin, neuter pl. past participle of regerere, to record : re-, re- + gerere, to carry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin registrum, from Late Latin regesta ("list, items recorded"), from Latin regerere ("to record, to carry back"), from re- + gerere ("to carry, bear"). Compare Latin registoria ("a treasurer"). Some senses influenced by association with Latin regere ("to rule").


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  • Not talking on cell phones at the cash register is becoming widely accepted.

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  • When the C register is written by the user, the extra carry bit may be written simultaneously.

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  • And when it comes down to it, the charge of gaucheness may be an aesthetic rather than moral judgement, and founded on a fairly accurate assessment of bad craft -- that a grandiose register is not just gratuitous, but is in fact counter-productive, harmful to the work.

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  • That food must enter our interiors in order to register is an undeniably "subjective" feature of taste, but not one that entails relativity.

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