REPORT (O.Fr. report or raporl, modern rapport, from O.Fr. reporter, mod. rapporter, Lat. reportare, to bring back, in poetical use only, of bringing back an account, news, etc.), an account or statement of events, speeches, proceedings, the results of investigations, etc., " brought back " by one who was present either casually or sent for the specific purpose, hence reputation, rumour. A special sense, that of a loud noise, as of the explosion of firearms, appears as early as the end of the 16th century. For the reports of speeches, parliamentary debates, etc., in the daily press see REPORTING below, and for the particular form of law reporting see ENGLISH LAW; AMERICAN LAW.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)