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.