or da·ta-base, da·ta base



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

Origin of database

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

Related Words for database

table, bibliography, index, directory

Examples from the Web for database

Contemporary Examples of database

Historical Examples of database

  • For those still captive to literacy, the alternative is the ubiquitous word-processed letter matched to a list in a database.

  • These resources have their specific epistemological condition-a printed encyclopedia is different from a database.

British Dictionary definitions for database



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

database in Science


[dātə-bās′, dătə-]

A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval by a computer.
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database 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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