(usually used with a singular verb)Digital Technology. information in digital format, as encoded text or numbers, or multimedia images, audio, or video: The data was corrupted and can’t be retrieved.Data is entered 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.
(used with a plural verb) individual facts, statistics, or items of information: These data represent the results of our analyses.
a plural of datum.
- pre·da·ta, noun
- data , datum (see usage note at the current entry)
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How to use data in a sentence
This initial match is used to create the Experian Match mapping file, which is then stored in a decentralized data “bunker.”‘Re-architecting the entire process’: How Vice is preparing for life after the third-party cookie | Lara O'Reilly | September 17, 2020 | Digiday
Sága makes Insider an attractive partner, said Vincent Niou, associate vice president, programmatic and data strategy, APAC at Essence.‘We’re about hiring journalists’: Insider Inc. launches third global news hub in Singapore | Lucinda Southern | September 17, 2020 | Digiday
In that space, it’s considered the younger, more agile competitor, with the potential to capture more of the market as data warehouses shift to cloud.
The effort generated thousands of posts this summer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, according to an examination by The Post and an assessment by an independent specialist in data science.Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter | Isaac Stanley-Becker | September 15, 2020 | Washington Post
To learn how to make data centers reliable enough not to need human touch is a dream of ours.Microsoft hails success of its undersea data center experiment—and says it could have implications on dry land, too | David Meyer | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Therefore, it is not possible for any F-35 schedule to include a video data link or infrared pointer at this point.
The flight management computers include the navigation data programmed for every flight.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014 | Clive Irving | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We might even see data that suggest the program is performing efficiently.
Take fiscal year 2013, the last year the finalized data is available.
In short, the existing data makes fracking seem like a judgment call.
The doctrines of free trade are of very recent growth; the data on which its laws are founded are few, and also uncertain.
With regard to the effects on the sexual powers, I have not sufficient data upon which to found positive rules.A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy | Alexander Hughes Bennett
I have neither the data nor the technical knowledge which would justify me to my conscience in doing so.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
Every one who spoke had studied the data and the ground and there was no divergence of view, which was a comfort.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
The point which most concerns us is in how far biological data can be applied to the sex problem in society.Taboo and Genetics | Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
British Dictionary definitions for data
a series of observations, measurements, or facts; information
Also called: information computing the information operated on by a computer program
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