- the compass or range of a voice or an instrument.
- a part of this range produced in the same way and having the same quality: the head register; the upper register of the clarinet.
- (in an organ) a stop.
- a precise adjustment or correspondence, as of lines, columns, etc., especially on the two sides of a leaf.
- correct relation or exact superimposition, as of colors in color printing.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- regional metamorphism,
- register mark,
- register of wills,
- register office,
- register ton,
- register tonnage
Origin of register
Examples from the Web for register
Annie Lee Cooper, well played by Winfrey, is shown trying but failing to register to vote.
Nor are we told that she lost her job at a local nursing home after she tried to register to vote in 1964.
“They refused to register a case, saying the matter is out of their hands,” he told me.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I doubt Wills feels it is disgusting for pro-life activists to register voters at anti-abortion protests.
For example, under current law, every state resident can register to vote by mail.
There is only one exception, only one blot on the page, only one dark spot on the register.The King's Cup-Bearer|Amy Catherine Walton
A special compartment of the register might be kept for the reception of all such cases.Dactylography|Henry Faulds
The Parliament was only permitted to register the edicts of the Crown, but not to refuse them, as it claimed to do.Stray Pearls|Charlotte M. Yonge
Course it's all right for you to register this leader about not bein' scared of him.Torchy, Private Sec.|Sewell Ford
Mrs. Forsyth put the Pomeranian down at once and advanced toward the register.The Corner House Girls at School|Grace Brooks Hill
- the correct alignment of the separate plates in colour printing
- the exact correspondence of lines of type, columns, etc, on the two sides of a printed sheet of paper
Word Origin for register
late 14c., from Old French registre (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin registrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta "list, matters recorded," noun use of Latin regesta, neuter plural of regestus, past participle of regerere "to record; retort," literally "to carry back, bring back" from re- "back" (see re-) + gerere "carry, bear" (see gest).
Also borrowed in Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish. Some senses influenced by association with Latin regere "to rule." Meaning in printing, "exact alignment of presswork" is from 1680s. Musical sense is from 1811, "compass or range of a voice or instrument," hence "series of tones of the same quality" (produced by a voice or instrument). Sense "device by which data is automatically recorded" is 1830, from the verb; hence Cash register (1875).
late 14c. (transitive), "enter in a listing," from Old French registrer "note down, include" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin registrare, from registrum (see register (n.)). Intransitive sense, of instruments, from 1797; of persons and feelings, "make an impression," from 1901. Meaning "to enter one's name in a list" for some purpose is from 1940. Related: Registered; registering. Registered nurse attested from 1879.