- processing of information, especially the handling of information by computers in accordance with strictly defined systems of procedure.
Origin of data processing
First recorded in 1950–55
Also called information processing.
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- a sequence of operations performed on data, esp by a computer, in order to extract information, reorder files, etc
- (as modifier)a data-processing centre
- computing the combined processing of numerical data, graphics, text, etc
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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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