noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Computers. data sets, typically consisting of billions or trillions of records, that are so vast and complex that they require new and powerful computational resources to process: Supercomputers can analyze big data to create models of global climate change.
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Words nearby big data
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British Dictionary definitions for big data
computing data held in such large amounts that it can be difficult to process
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