- knowledge communicated or received concerning a particular fact or circumstance; news: information concerning a crime.
- knowledge gained through study, communication, research, instruction, etc.; factual data: His wealth of general information is amazing.
- the act or fact of informing.
- an office, station, service, or employee whose function is to provide information to the public: The ticket seller said to ask information for a timetable.
- Directory Assistance.
- an official criminal charge presented, usually by the prosecuting officers of the state, without the interposition of a grand jury.
- a criminal charge, made by a public official under oath before a magistrate, of an offense punishable summarily.
- the document containing the depositions of witnesses against one accused of a crime.
- (in information theory) an indication of the number of possible choices of messages, expressible as the value of some monotonic function of the number of choices, usually the logarithm to the base 2.
- important or useful facts obtained as output from a computer by means of processing input data with a program: Using the input data, we have come up with some significant new information.
- data at any stage of processing (input, output, storage, transmission, etc.).
Origin of information
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Examples from the Web for informational
The senior AIPAC official said the conversation with the White House was informational.AIPAC in Full Court Press on Syria
September 3, 2013
For those who trust the government, these informational lacunas are an excuse for inaction.Is Prism Really a Scandal?
Alan M. Dershowitz
June 9, 2013
But at this point the association should be regarded as informational rather than indicative of its source.Ricin Scare at the White House: An Eerie Post-9/11 Echo
April 17, 2013
Career fairs, résumé workshops, and informational interviews are all well and good.Study Shows Close Facebook Friends Are Effective in Finding New Jobs
March 14, 2013
The edge at most hedge funds is getting an informational edge, or using holdings to push for changes in management.Bridgewater May Be the Hottest Hedge Fund for Harvard Grads, but It’s Also the Weirdest
March 7, 2013
Most of the informational parts of the original story have been cut out.Here and Now Story Book
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Footnotes indexed with arabic numbers (as , ) are informational.The Works of Lord Byron
Next to this, that of hearing appears to be the most informational.In Beaver World
Enos Abijah Mills
It would be easy, he decided, to keep the informational quarantine.The Ties That Bind
Informational literature and post cards can be obtained at the information desk.Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina
- knowledge acquired through experience or study
- knowledge of specific and timely events or situations; news
- the act of informing or the condition of being informed
- an office, agency, etc, providing information
- (as modifier)information service
- a charge or complaint made before justices of the peace, usually on oath, to institute summary criminal proceedings
- a complaint filed on behalf of the Crown, usually by the attorney general
- the meaning given to data by the way in which it is interpreted
- another word for data (def. 2)
- too much information informal I don't want to hear any more
Word Origin and History for informational
late 14c., "act of informing," from Old French informacion, enformacion "information, advice, instruction," from Latin informationem (nominative informatio) "outline, concept, idea," noun of action from past participle stem of informare (see inform). Meaning "knowledge communicated" is from mid-15c. Information technology attested from 1958. Information revolution from 1969.
Idioms and Phrases with informational
see under gold mine.