- an official criminal charge presented, usually by the prosecuting officers of the state, without the interposition of a grand jury.
- a criminal charge, made by a public official under oath before a magistrate, of an offense punishable summarily.
- the document containing the depositions of witnesses against one accused of a crime.
- important or useful facts obtained as output from a computer by means of processing input data with a program: Using the input data, we have come up with some significant new information.
- data at any stage of processing (input, output, storage, transmission, etc.).
Origin of information
Examples from the Web for information
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
The FBI has also been searching its records for any information that could assist the French investigation, a spokesperson added.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The United States government might not release that information for years, if ever.
Ironically, the play deals with the ‘management’ of information by the Establishment.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Brazen cherry-picking of the information in this story inspired a flood of “Bush Was Right All Along!”
The audit office should have information at hand sufficient to decline the claim or settle it immediately.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
It is for the information of such as these that this chapter is mainly intended, not for scientists or miners of large experience.Getting Gold|J. C. F. Johnson
All of which information, useful in a way, no doubt, was accepted by Jack with a smile.The Golf Course Mystery|Chester K. Steele
In short, he accumulated all the information he could by which the cost of logging might be estimated.The Blazed Trail|Stewart Edward White
Not a word of information was wrung from them, no murmur of complaint crossed their lips.The Petticoat Commando|Johanna Brandt
British Dictionary definitions for information
- an office, agency, etc, providing information
- (as modifier)information service
- a charge or complaint made before justices of the peace, usually on oath, to institute summary criminal proceedings
- a complaint filed on behalf of the Crown, usually by the attorney general
- the meaning given to data by the way in which it is interpreted
- another word for data (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for information
late 14c., "act of informing," from Old French informacion, enformacion "information, advice, instruction," from Latin informationem (nominative informatio) "outline, concept, idea," noun of action from past participle stem of informare (see inform). Meaning "knowledge communicated" is from mid-15c. Information technology attested from 1958. Information revolution from 1969.
Idioms and Phrases with information
see under gold mine.