or da·ta-base, da·ta base

[ dey-tuh-beys ]
/ ˈdeɪ təˌbeɪs /


a comprehensive collection of related data organized for convenient access, generally in a computer.

Nearby words

  1. data processing,
  2. data protection,
  3. data set,
  4. data structure,
  5. data warehouse,
  6. database management,
  7. datacard,
  8. datacenter,
  9. dataflow architecture,
  10. datal

Origin of database

First recorded in 1965–70; data + base1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for database


/ (ˈdeɪtəˌbeɪs) /


a systematized collection of data that can be accessed immediately and manipulated by a data-processing system for a specific purpose
informal any large store of informationa database of knowledge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for database


[ dātə-bās′, dătə- ]

A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval by a computer.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Culture definitions for database


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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.