- a plural of datum.
- (used with a plural verb) individual facts, statistics, or items of information: These data represent the results of our analyses. Data are entered by terminal for immediate processing by the computer.
- (used with a singular verb) a body of facts; information: Additional data is available from the president of the firm.
- a single piece of information, as a fact, statistic, or code; an item of data.
- any fact assumed to be a matter of direct observation.
- any proposition assumed or given, from which conclusions may be drawn.
- Also called sense datum. Epistemology. the object of knowledge as presented to the mind.Compare ideatum.
- Surveying, Civil Engineering. any level surface, line, or point used as a reference in measuring elevations.
- Surveying. a basis for horizontal control surveys, consisting of the longitude and latitude of a certain point, the azimuth of a certain line from this point, and two constants used in defining the terrestrial spheroid.
Origin of datum
Examples from the Web for data
Mahoney helped author the I-STOP legislation based on data his office collected in regard to fraud.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic
December 18, 2014
Rosetta researchers used ROSINA data to determine how much HDO is mixed in with the normal H2O.Are Comets the Origin of Earth’s Oceans?
Matthew R. Francis
December 14, 2014
The Atlantic has reported extensively on the at least $600 million Amazon stands to be paid for handling CIA data.How Amazon Became Santa’s Sweatshop
December 11, 2014
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
Furthermore, data confirm a connection between education level and police behavior.Are College Educated Police Safer?
December 1, 2014
The conclusions which he draws from these data are summed up by him as follows.The Republic
"I have had hardly any data to help me in my search," Mr. Bonnithorne continued.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
After the data is in we'll try Lieutenant Wilson's skip-bombing tactics.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
After exhaustive investigation (zero data) he still wondered.Zero Data
In the first place the data for any detailed knowledge of the subject are not to be had.The Negro Farmer
- a series of observations, measurements, or facts; information
- Also called: information computing the information operated on by a computer program
- a single piece of information; fact
- a proposition taken for granted, often in order to construct some theoretical framework upon it; a givenSee also sense datum
Word Origin and History for data
1640s, plural of datum, from Latin datum "(thing) given," neuter past participle of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Meaning "transmittable and storable computer information" first recorded 1946. Data processing is from 1954.
proper Latin singular of data (q.v.).