information retrieval


noun

the systematic storage and recovery of data, as from a file, card catalog, or the memory bank of a computer. Abbreviation: IR

Nearby words

  1. information architecture,
  2. information economy,
  3. information overload,
  4. information processing,
  5. information question,
  6. information science,
  7. information superhighway,
  8. information system,
  9. information technology,
  10. information theory

Origin of information retrieval

First recorded in 1945–50

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British Dictionary definitions for information retrieval

information retrieval

noun

computing the process of recovering specific information from stored data
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