- 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 accessing
In time, we are prisoners of the present forever prevented from accessing our past, or our future.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
And according to a new Nielson report adults are accessing the Internet through their phones more now than ever before.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set
October 4, 2014
As a condition of his probation, Bartiromo was barred from accessing the Internet for any non-school-related purpose.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Apple also created the preferred devices for accessing this interface, and the music it channeled.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
Today, the ease of accessing data over the Internet is the big rock candy mountain of “oppo” research.Clinton and Christie: Let The Mud-Slinging Start
January 22, 2014
The new methods of accessing information free the legislative politician from the time-consuming task of accumulating data.
To access a book is different from accessing a multimedia knowledge platform.
- 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 accessing
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.