register

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a reserved memory location within a central processing unit, usually one or two words wide, that is used to hold data and addresses to be processed in a machine code operation
  • noun an official record, or a list of items
  • verb to show or display information or data
  • verb to make something known formally or officially

Accounting

  • verb to send a letter by registered post

Commerce

  • noun a large book for recording details (as in a hotel, where guests sign in, or in a registry where deaths are recorded)
  • verb to arrive at a hotel or at a conference, sign your name and write your address on a list

Computing

  • noun a special location within a CPU that is used to hold data and addresses to be processed in a machine code operation
  • noun a reserved memory location used for special storage purposes

Construction

  • An opening to a room or space for the passage of conditioned air. The register has a grille and a damper for flow regulation.

Electronics

  • A high-speed storage area within the CPU, which is utilized to hold data for specific purposes. Before data may be processed, it must be represented in a register. There are various types, including control registers, index registers, arithmetic registers, and shift registers. Also called data register, or storage register (1).
  • A device which records and/or stores a value or number. Also called storage register (2).
  • To indicate. For example, for an instrument to register a given value. Also, that which is so indicated.
  • To align, or be in proper alignment. Said, for instance of superimposed images.

Information & Library Science

  • noun an official list of things such as names or events
  • noun a ribbon attached to the binding of a book to act as a bookmark
  • noun the fact of being correctly aligned with something else on a page
  • verb to make a record of something on an official list

Media Studies

  • noun language that is appropriate to a social situation or used for communicating with a particular set of people
  • noun a range of sounds, such as of a voice or instrument, or part of this range

Medical

  • verb to write a name on an official list, especially the official list of patients treated by a GP or dentist, or the list of people with a particular disease

Military

  • verb to allocate an artillery target with a target number, and then calculate and record the firing data, which must be applied to the guns in order to hit it

Travel

  • noun a computerised billing system in a restaurant, where each item ordered is keyed in by the waiter using a special code, and the till provides a printout which itemises all dishes bought, so that the guest can check the bill easily
  • verb to fill in the details of a guest when he or she arrives at a hotel

Origin & History of “register”

Register comes via Old French registre from late Latin regestum ‘list’. this was a noun use of the past participle of regerere ‘bring back’, hence ‘set down, record’, a compound verb formed from the prefix re- ‘back, again’ and gerere ‘bring, carry’ (source also of English congest, digest, gesture, jester, suggest, etc).
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