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retrieval

[ri-tree-vuh l] /rɪˈtri vəl/
noun
1.
the act of retrieving.
2.
the chance of recovery or restoration:
lost beyond retrieval.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; retrieve + -al2
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Examples from the web for retrieval
  • The other video investigates how the mechanized book-retrieval system in the university's newly constructed library works.
  • But he knew retrieval would be dangerous, and he struggled with the decision.
  • As he explained it, the actual retrieval process would be woefully slow and probably inaccurate.
  • Moreover, holographic techniques permit the retrieval of data at speeds not possible with current storage methods.
  • With its onset access to efficiently organised and stored information and easy retrieval has become elegantly simple.
  • Moreover, the act of retrieval can destabilize the memory.
  • Such paltry power of retrieval in an educated, and supposedly attentive, group is not surprising.
  • Holographic memory stores data in three dimensions instead of two and could make data retrieval hundreds of times faster.
  • retrieval of a vehicle would be similarly automatic.
  • But the hippocampus is involved in both the storage as well as the retrieval of memory.
British Dictionary definitions for retrieval

retrieval

/rɪˈtriːvəl/
noun
1.
the act or process of retrieving
2.
the possibility of recovery, restoration, or rectification (esp in the phrase beyond retrieval)
3.
a computer filing operation that recalls records or other data from a file
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Word Origin and History for retrieval
n.

1640s, from retrieve + -al (2).

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retrieval in Medicine

retrieval re·triev·al (rĭ-trē'vəl)
n.
The third stage in the memory process, after encoding and storage, involving mental processes associated with bringing stored information back into consciousness.

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