—n. 1. a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
2. notes,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. Library Science.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. 17. Music. a. a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
b. a key, as of a piano.
18. a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
19. a musical sound or tone.
20. a melody, tune, or song.
21. a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird: attentive to the thrush's note. 22. any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
23. a new or unexpected element in a situation.
24. a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.
25. compare notes, 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.