- the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance: They have access to the files.
- the state or quality of being approachable: The house was difficult of access.
- a way or means of approach: The only access to the house was a rough dirt road.
- Theology. approach to God through Jesus Christ.
- an attack or onset, as of a disease.
- a sudden and strong emotional outburst.
- public-access television.
- to make contact with or gain access to; be able to reach, approach, enter, etc.: Bank customers can access their checking accounts instantly through the new electronic system.
- Computers. to locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage.
- Television. (of programming, time, etc.) available to the public: Six channels now offer access services.
Origin of access
Examples from the Web for accessed
Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders cannot be accessed without a virtual private network.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
Mostly, I accessed my account from the small screen of my phone, following world leaders, writers, and others I admire.How I (Digitally) Killed My Twitter Impostor
July 21, 2014
The full name of the passenger, Hourdajian told The Daily Beast, can be accessed from within the Uber app by the driver.Uber’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Surge Pricing. What If It’s Sexual Harassment by Drivers?
March 28, 2014
He suggested that changes should be considered only about how it is stored and how it is accessed.The Domestic Spying of Hoover’s FBI Is an Eerie Prequel to the NSA’s Snooping Today
March 23, 2014
The agency's audit concluded that the Senate staffers using the database had accessed documents they were not authorized to see.What's Inside CIA's 'Black Site' Database? And Were Senate Staffers Allowed to See?
March 8, 2014
High-resolution images of the photos can be accessed by clicking on them.Napoleon's Marshals
R. P. Dunn-Pattison
High-resolution images can be accessed by clicking on the images in the text.The Invasion
William Le Queux
High-resolution images of the maps can be accessed by clicking on them.From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917
To preserve the flow of text, illustrations that were half or full page may be accessed via the sidenotes.
These are marked by light underlining and a title attribute which can be accessed by hovering with the mouse.An Analysis of the Lever Escapement
H. R. Playtner
- the act of approaching or entering
- the condition of allowing entry, esp (of a building or room) allowing entry by wheelchairs, prams, etc
- the right or privilege to approach, reach, enter, or make use of something
- a way or means of approach or entry
- the opportunity or right to see or approach someoneshe fights for divorce and free access to her children
- (modifier) designating programmes made by the general public as distinguished from those made by professional broadcastersaccess television
- a sudden outburst or attack, as of rage or disease
Word Origin and History for accessed
early 14c., "an attack of fever," from Old French acces "onslaught, attack; onset (of an illness)" (14c.), from Latin accessus "a coming to, an approach," noun use of past participle of accedere "approach" (see accede). The later senses are directly from Latin. Meaning "an entrance" is from c.1600. Meaning "habit or power of getting into the presence of (someone or something)" is from late 14c.
1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related: Accessed; accessing.
- A means of approaching, entering, exiting, or making use of; passage.
- The space required to view a tooth and manipulate dental instruments to remove decay and prepare the tooth for restoration.
- The opening in the crown of a tooth necessary to allow adequate admittance to the pulp space to clean, shape, and seal the root canal.