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[dey-tuh-beys] /ˈdeɪ təˌbeɪs/
a comprehensive collection of related data organized for convenient access, generally in a computer.
Also, data-base, data base.
Origin of database
1965-70; data + base1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for databases
  • It contains information for the layperson as well as databases of published studies, including human clinical trials.
  • What is sad is that a dispatcher's use of freely available technology, not advanced databases, could have defused the whole event.
  • For the younger generation of reporters, their whole social media history is archived in various databases.
  • They work at law firms and spend much of their time in the library or accessing legal databases through their computers.
  • It's a general query language for retrieving information from databases.
  • They do not bother with scholarly databases or real books anyway.
  • And researchers may not be aware of or know how to navigate all the available databases.
  • Some have even put their lists online as searchable databases or e-mail discussion lists.
  • Some are an abbreviated introduction to journals databases and the mysteries of inter-library loan.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the databases they own and the circ system they are currently using.
British Dictionary definitions for databases


a systematized collection of data that can be accessed immediately and manipulated by a data-processing system for a specific purpose
(informal) any large store of information: a database of knowledge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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databases in Science
  (dā'tə-bās', dāt'ə-)   
A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval by a computer.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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databases in Culture

database definition

A set of data grouped together in one location in (or accessible by) a computer. A computerized database has been likened to an electronic filing cabinet of information arranged for easy access or for a specific purpose.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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