reg·is·ter / ˈrejəstər/ • n. 1. an official list or record, for example of births, marriages, and deaths, of shipping, or of historic places. ∎ a book or record of attendance, for example of students in a class or school or guests in a hotel.2. a particular part of the range of a voice or instrument: his voice moved up a register she plays a basset horn and relishes the duskiness of its lower register. ∎ a sliding device controlling a set of organ pipes that share a tonal quality. ∎ a set of organ pipes so controlled.3. Linguistics a variety of a language or a level of usage, as determined by degree of formality and choice of vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax, according to the communicative purpose, social context, and social status of the user.4. Printing & Photog. the exact correspondence of the position of color components in a printed positive. ∎ Printing the exact correspondence of the position of printed matter on the two sides of a page.5. (in electronic devices) a location in a store of data, used for a specific purpose and with quick access time.6. an adjustable plate for widening or narrowing an opening and regulating a draft, esp. in a fire grate.7. short for cash register.8. Art one of a number of bands or sections into which a design is divided.• v. [tr.] 1. enter or record in an official list as being in a particular category, having a particular eligibility or entitlement, or in keeping with a requirement: the vessel is registered as Liberian her father was late in registering her birth | [as adj.] (registered) a registered trademark. ∎ [intr.] put one's name on an official list under such terms: 34,500 registered to vote. ∎ [intr.] put one's name in a register as a guest in a hotel. ∎ [intr.] (of a couple to be married) have a list of wedding gifts compiled and kept at a store for consultation by gift buyers. ∎ entrust (a letter or parcel) to a post office for transmission by registered mail: [as adj.] (registered) a registered letter. ∎ express (an opinion or emotion): I wish to register an objection.2. (of an instrument) detect and show (a reading) automatically: the electroscope was too insensitive to register the tiny changes. ∎ [intr.] (of an event) give rise to a specified reading on an instrument: the blast registered 5.4 on the Richter scale. ∎ properly notice or become aware of (something): he had not even registered her presence. ∎ [intr.] make an impression on a person's mind: the content of her statement did not register. ∎ [intr.] (of an emotion) show in a person's face or gestures: nothing registered on their faces. ∎ indicate or convey (a feeling or emotion) by facial expression or gestures: he did not register much surprise at this.3. Printing & Photog. correspond or cause to correspond exactly in position: [intr.] they are adjusted until the impressions register. DERIVATIVES: reg·is·tra·ble / -st(ə)rəbəl/ adj.
A. volume in which particulars are systematically entered XIV;
B. slider in an organ XVI; plate for regulating the passage of air, heat, or smoke; adjustment of printing type XVII. ME. registre, -estre — (O)F. registre, †regestre or medL. registrum, -estrum, alt. of regestum, sg. of late L. regesta list, register, sb. use of n. pl. of pp. of L. regerere transcribe, record, f. RE- + gerere carry, carry out, execute; the senses under B are due to assoc. with F. régir guide, manage — L. regere guide, rule.
So register vb. XIV. — (O)F. régistrer or medL. registrāre. registration XVI. — obs. F. or medL. registry registration XVI; place of registration; register XVII. Reduced form of registery (XV) — medL. registerium. registrar one who keeps a register. XVII: superseding in general Eng. use older registrary XVI (- medL. registrārius), register2 XVI (app. alt. of †registrer (XIV) — AN. *registrere = OF. registreur, medL. registrātor; see -ER2).
1. Set of org. pipes belonging to a particular stop.
2. To ‘register’ a piece of mus. is to select the stops to be employed in its various sections; hence, ‘registration’, the art of selecting and using stops in playing org. and hpd.
3. The part of the compass of an instr. having a distinctive tonal quality, e.g. chalumeau register of cl.
4. Part of vocal compass, e.g. chest v., high register, etc.
To record, or enter precisely in a designated place, certain information in the public records as is mandated by statute. A book of public records.
A register contains various types of information that is available to the public, such as births, dates, and marriages.
The term register is also used as a designation for the public official charged with the duty of maintaining such records.