data processing


processing of information, especially the handling of information by computers in accordance with strictly defined systems of procedure.

Nearby words

  1. data exhaust,
  2. data mining,
  3. data packet,
  4. data pen,
  5. data point,
  6. data protection,
  7. data set,
  8. data structure,
  9. data warehouse,
  10. database

Origin of data processing

First recorded in 1950–55

Also called information processing.

Related formsdata processor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for data processing

  • I went down to the forty-third floor, where we have our laboratories, and let myself into the data-processing center.

    The Right Time|Walter Bupp

British Dictionary definitions for data processing

data processing


  1. a sequence of operations performed on data, esp by a computer, in order to extract information, reorder files, etc
  2. (as modifier)a data-processing centre
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Culture definitions for data processing

data processing

Either the preparation of data for processing by a computer, or the storage and processing of raw data by the computer itself.

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