data processing


noun

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

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Also called information processing.

Origin of data processing

First recorded in 1950–55

OTHER WORDS FROM data processing

data processor, noun
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Example sentences 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for data processing

data processing

noun

  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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Cultural 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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