[ ri-kawr-ding ]
/ rɪˈkɔr dɪŋ /


the act or practice of a person or thing that records.
sound recorded on a disk or tape.
a disk or tape on which something is recorded.


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Origin of recording

1300–50; Middle English (gerund); see record, -ing1

Definition for recording (2 of 2)

Origin of record

1175–1225; 1875–80 for def 17; (v.) Middle English recorden < Old French recorder < Latin recordārī to remember, recollect (re- re- + cord- (stem of cors) heart + -ārī infinitive ending); (noun) Middle English record(e) < Old French, derivative of recorder; compare Medieval Latin recordum


re·cord·a·ble, adjectiverec·ord·less, adjectiveun·re·cord·a·ble, adjectivewell-re·cord·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for recording (1 of 2)

/ (rɪˈkɔːdɪŋ) /


  1. the act or process of making a record, esp of sound on a gramophone record or magnetic tape
  2. (as modifier)recording studio; recording head
the record or tape so produced
something that has been recorded, esp a radio or television programme

British Dictionary definitions for recording (2 of 2)


noun (ˈrɛkɔːd)

verb (rɪˈkɔːd) (mainly tr)

Derived forms of record

recordable, adjective

Word Origin for record

C13: from Old French recorder to call to mind, from Latin recordārī to remember, from re- + cor heart
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Medical definitions for recording

[ rĭ-kôrd ]


To set down for preservation in writing or other permanent form.
To register or indicate.


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Idioms and Phrases with recording


see break the record; go on record; just for the record; off the record; set (the record) straight; track record.

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