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optical character recognition

noun Computers.
  1. the process or technology of reading data in printed form by a device (optical character reader) that scans and identifies characters. Abbreviation: OCR
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Origin of optical character recognition

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for optical character reader

optical character reader

noun
  1. a computer peripheral device enabling letters, numbers, or other characters usually printed on paper to be optically scanned and input to a storage device, such as magnetic tape. The device uses the process of optical character recognitionAbbreviation (for both reader and recognition): OCR
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optical character reader in Science

optical character recognition

  1. The electronic identification and digital encoding of printed or handwritten characters by means of an optical scanner and specialized software.
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