In computer science, records are among the simplest data structures. A record is a value that contains other values, typically in fixed number and sequence and typically indexed by names. The elements of records are usually called fields or members.

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  1. An item of information put into a temporary or permanent physical medium.
    The person had a record of the interview so she could review her notes.
    The tourist's photographs and the tape of the police call provide a record of the crime.
  2. Any instance of a physical medium on which information was put for the purpose of preserving it and making it available for future reference.
    We have no record of you making this payment to us.
  3. A vinyl disc on which sound is recorded and may be replayed on a phonograph.
    I still like records better than CDs.
  4. A set of data relating to a single individual or item.
  5. The most extreme known value of some achievement, particularly in competitive events.
    The heat and humidity were both new records.
    The team set a new record for most points scored in a game.


  1. To make a record of information.
    I wanted to record every detail of what happened, for the benefit of future generations.
  2. Specifically, to make an audio or video recording of.
    Within a week they had recorded both the song and the video for it.
  3. To give legal status to by making an official public record.
    When the deed was recorded, we officially owned the house.
  4. To fix in a medium, usually in a tangible medium.
  5. To make an audio, video, or multimedia recording.
  6. To repeat; to practice.
  7. To sing or repeat a tune.
  8. To reflect; to ponder.

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