Meaning of note

note

Pronunciation: (nōt), [key]
— n., v., not•ed, not•ing.
—n.
  1. a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
  2. a record or outline of a speech, statement, testimony, etc., or of one's impressions of something.
  3. an explanatory or critical comment, or a reference to some authority quoted, appended to a passage in a book or the like: a note on the origin of the phrase.
  4. a brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
  5. additional information about a work, such as its special series or some other significant identification, included on the library catalog entry.
  6. a short, informal letter: a thank-you note.
  7. a formal diplomatic or official communication in writing: a note delivered by the ambassador.
  8. a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment; promissory note.
  9. a certificate, as of a government or a bank, accepted as money.
  10. eminence, distinction, or reputation: a man of note.
  11. importance or consequence: few events of particular note.
  12. notice, observation, or heed: to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
  13. a characteristic or distinguishing feature: a note of whimsy in the design of the house.
  14. a mark, quality, or indication of something, esp. as a submerged but ubiquitous element: There was just a note of bitterness in his films.
  15. a characteristic way of speaking or thinking: His critics had begun to change their note.
  16. a signal, announcement, or intimation: a note of warning in her voice.
    1. a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
    2. a key, as of a piano.
  17. a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
  18. a musical sound or tone.
  19. a melody, tune, or song.
  20. a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird: attentive to the thrush's note.
  21. any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
  22. a new or unexpected element in a situation.
  23. a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.
  24. to exchange views, ideas, or impressions: The returning tourists were sitting on the sun deck comparing notes.
—v.t.
  1. to write or mark down briefly; make a memorandum of: to note the places of interest.
  2. to make particular mention of in a writing: She noted their extra efforts in her report.
  3. to annotate.
  4. to observe carefully; give attention or heed to: Note the fine brushwork in this painting.
  5. to take notice of; perceive: We noted his concern at the announcement.
  6. to set down in or furnish with musical notes.
  7. to indicate or designate; signify; denote.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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