1 a series of observations, measurements, or facts; information
2 (Also called)
information (Computing) the information operated on by a computer program (C17: from Latin, literally: (things) given, from dare to give) Although now often used as a singular noun, data is properly a plural
n a store of a large amount of information, esp. in a form that can be handled by a computer
n any process for converting information into a form that can be handled by a computer
n (Computing) an index of data held in a database and used to assist in the access to data, (Also called)
n a device for reading or scanning magnetically coded data on labels, packets, etc.
a a sequence of operations performed on data, esp. by a computer, in order to extract information, reorder files, etc.
b (as modifier)
a data-processing centre See also →
automatic data processing
n (in Britain) safeguards for individuals relating to personal data stored on a computer
n (Computing) another name for →
file 1 →
n an organized form, such as an array list or string, in which connected data items are held in a computer
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