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or da·ta-base, da·ta base

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  1. a comprehensive collection of related data organized for convenient access, generally in a computer.
  2. data bank.
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Origin of database

First recorded in 1965–70; data + base1
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British Dictionary definitions for data base


  1. a systematized collection of data that can be accessed immediately and manipulated by a data-processing system for a specific purpose
  2. informal any large store of informationa database of knowledge
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Word Origin and History for data base


also database, attested from 1962, from data + base (n.).

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data base in Science


[dātə-bās′, dătə-]
  1. A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval by a computer.
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data base in Culture


A set of data grouped together in one location in (or accessible by) a computer. A computerized database has been likened to an electronic filing cabinet of information arranged for easy access or for a specific purpose.

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