optical character recognition


noun Computers.

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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Scientific definitions for optical character recognition

optical character recognition

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