The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Register \Reg"is*ter\ (r?j"?s*t?r), n. [OE. registre, F.
registre, LL. registrum,regestum, L. regesta, pl., fr.
regerere, regestum, to carry back, to register; pref. re- re-
+ gerere to carry. See Jest, and cf. Regest.]
1. A written account or entry; an official or formal
enumeration, description, or record; a memorial record; a
list or roll; a schedule.
As you have one eye upon my follies, . . . turn
another into the register of your own. --Shak.
(a) A record containing a list and description of the
merchant vessels belonging to a port or customs
(b) A certificate issued by the collector of customs of a
port or district to the owner of a vessel, containing
the description of a vessel, its name, ownership, and
other material facts. It is kept on board the vessel,
to be used as an evidence of nationality or as a
muniment of title.
3. [Cf. LL. registrarius. Cf. Regisrar.] One who registers
or records; a registrar; a recorder; especially, a public
officer charged with the duty of recording certain
transactions or events; as, a register of deeds.
4. That which registers or records. Specifically:
(a) (Mech.) A contrivance for automatically noting the
performance of a machine or the rapidity of a process.
(b) (Teleg.) The part of a telegraphic apparatus which
records automatically the message received.
(c) A machine for registering automatically the number of
persons passing through a gateway, fares taken, etc.;
5. A lid, stopper, or sliding plate, in a furnace, stove,
etc., for regulating the admission of air to the fuel;
also, an arrangement containing dampers or shutters, as in
the floor or wall of a room or passage, or in a chimney,
for admitting or excluding heated air, or for regulating
(a) The inner part of the mold in which types are cast.
(b) The correspondence of pages, columns, or lines on the
opposite or reverse sides of the sheet.
(c) The correspondence or adjustment of the several
impressions in a design which is printed in parts, as
in chromolithographic printing, or in the manufacture
of paper hangings. See Register, v. i. 2.
(a) The compass of a voice or instrument; a specified
portion of the compass of a voice, or a series of
vocal tones of a given compass; as, the upper, middle,
or lower register; the soprano register; the tenor
Note: In respect to the vocal tones, the thick register
properly extends below from the F on the lower space of
the treble staff. The thin register extends an octave
above this. The small register is above the thin. The
voice in the thick register is called the chest voice;
in the thin, the head voice. Falsetto is a kind off
voice, of a thin, shrull quality, made by using the
mechanism of the upper thin register for tones below
the proper limit on the scale. --E. Behnke.
(b) A stop or set of pipes in an organ.
Parish register, A book in which are recorded the births,
baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials in a parish.
Syn: List; catalogue; roll; record; archives; chronicle;
annals. See List.