To set down for preservation in writing or other permanent form: She recorded her thoughts in a diary. To register or indicate: The clerk recorded the votes. To render (sound or images) into permanent form for reproduction in a magnetic or electronic medium. To record the words, sound, appearance, or performance of (someone or something): recorded the oldest townspeople on tape; recorded the violin concerto. An account, as of information or facts, set down especially in writing as a means of preserving knowledge. Something on which such an account is based. Something that records: a fossil record. Information or data on a particular subject collected and preserved: the coldest day on record. The known history of performance, activities, or achievement: your academic record; hampered by a police record. An unsurpassed measurement: a world record in weightlifting; a record for cold weather. Computers A collection of related, often adjacent items of data, treated as a unit. Law A transcript or a collection of statements and related information reporting the proceedings of a legislative body, a court, or an executive. A disk designed to be played on a phonograph. A musical recording that is issued on a medium of some kind.