recording

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
  1. noun
    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
    transcription
    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)
    audiotape
    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
    soundtrack
    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
    videocassette
    a cassette for videotape
    videotape
    a video recording made on magnetic tape
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    memory device, storage device
    a device that preserves information for retrieval
  2. noun
    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
    chromatogram
    the recording (column or paper strip) on which the constituents of a mixture are adsorbed in chromatography
    oscillogram
    the recording produced by an oscillograph
    spirogram
    a recording of breathing made with a spirograph
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    sign, signal, signaling
    any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
  3. noun
    the act of making a record (especially an audio record)
    “she watched the recording from a sound-proof booth”
    synonyms: transcription
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    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
    mastering
    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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