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    Register

    According to a dictionary ( oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/register )

    , the verb "register" could mean "detect and show". So, this:

    "The radar registered an aircraft."

    is good English, because a radar can certainly "detect and show" an aircraft. But in some computer science literature, phrases like this are found:

    "The computer didn't register the key press."

    Certainly, a computer can "detect" a key press. But a computer doesn't really show a key press. It might process a key press though. So, could it be that "register" in computer science context, is hijacked to mean "detect and process"?

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    Re: Register

    No. You seem to be saying that since one dictionary says 'register' could mean "detect and show", then it can't mean "detect and process." There's no evidence of a hijack here.
    In any case, I think I can get my computer to detect and show a capital 'a'. A. - Yep, it's possible.

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    Re: Register

    But, a computer is traditionally not thought of in the same way as a radar.

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    Re: Register

    Thread closed. Clone of banned user.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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