relational database

  1. an electronic database comprising multiple files of related information, usually stored in tables of rows (records) and columns (fields), and allowing a link to be established between separate files that have a matching field, as a column of invoice numbers, so that the two files can be queried simultaneously by the user.

Origin of relational database

First recorded in 1970–75

Words Nearby relational database Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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Scientific definitions for relational database

relational database

[ rĭ-lāshə-nəl ]

  1. A database system in which any field can be a component of more than one of the database's tables.

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