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 for Parish register
From 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.
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              As you have one eye upon my follies, . . . turn
              another into the register of your own. --Shak.
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     2. (Com.)
        (a) A record containing a list and description of the
            merchant vessels belonging to a port or customs
            district.
        (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.
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     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.
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     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.;
            a telltale.
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     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
        ventilation.
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     6. (Print.)
        (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.
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     7. (Mus.)
        (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
            register.
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     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.
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        (b) A stop or set of pipes in an organ.
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     Parish register, A book in which are recorded the births,
        baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials in a parish.
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     Syn: List; catalogue; roll; record; archives; chronicle;
          annals. See List.
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