A recording is the recorded audio that's stored on a tape or an electronic device. If you make a recording of your history class lecture, you'll be able to listen to it later when you study for the midterm exam (or when you want to nod off to sleep).

The business of making and selling popular songs can be called "the recording industry," and you can also talk about a recording of your favorite jazz album. In addition to audio recordings, there are also video recordings, like the one you take of your little brother's dance recital or soccer game. Recording comes from the verb record, which we can trace back to the Latin recordari, "remember, call to mind, or be mindful of."

Definitions of recording

n a storage device on which information (sounds or images) have been recorded

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CD, compact disc, compact disk
a digitally encoded recording on an optical disk that is smaller than a phonograph record; played back by a laser
cover, cover song, cover version
a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else
audio, audio recording, sound recording
a recording of acoustic signals
tape, tape recording, taping
a recording made on magnetic tape
a sound or television recording (e.g., from a broadcast to a tape recording)
video, video recording
a recording of both the visual and audible components (especially one containing a recording of a movie or television program)
audio CD, audio compact disc
compact discs used to reproduce sound (voice and music)
a tape recording of sound
CD-R, CD-WO, compact disc recordable, compact disc write-once
a compact disc on which you can write only once and thereafter is read-only memory
CD-ROM, compact disc read-only memory
a compact disk that is used with a computer (rather than with an audio system); a large amount of digital information can be stored and accessed but it cannot be altered by the user
disc, disk, phonograph record, phonograph recording, platter, record
sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
sound recording on a narrow strip of a motion picture film
talking book
sound recording of someone reading a book; frequently used by blind people
a cassette for videotape
a video recording made on magnetic tape
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memory device, storage device
a device that preserves information for retrieval

n a signal that encodes something (e.g., picture or sound) that has been recorded

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bologram, bolograph
record or recording made by a bolometer
the recording (column or paper strip) on which the constituents of a mixture are adsorbed in chromatography
the recording produced by an oscillograph
a recording of breathing made with a spirograph
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sign, signal, signaling
any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

n the act of making a record (especially an audio record)

“she watched the recording from a sound-proof booth”
lip sync, lip synch, lip synchronisation, lip synchronization
combining audio and video recording in such a way that the sound is perfectly synchronized with the action that produced it; especially synchronizing the movements of a speaker's lips with the sound of his speech
the act of making a master recording from which copies can be made
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creating from raw materials
the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it

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