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access

[ak-ses] /ˈæk sɛs/
noun
1.
the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance:
They have access to the files.
2.
the state or quality of being approachable:
The house was difficult of access.
3.
a way or means of approach:
The only access to the house was a rough dirt road.
4.
Theology. approach to God through Jesus Christ.
5.
an attack or onset, as of a disease.
6.
a sudden and strong emotional outburst.
7.
verb (used with object)
9.
to make contact with or gain access to; be able to reach, approach, enter, etc.:
Bank customers can access their checking accounts instantly through the new electronic system.
10.
Computers. to locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage.
adjective
11.
Television. (of programming, time, etc.) available to the public:
Six channels now offer access services.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English accesse (< Old French acces) < Latin accessus an approach, equivalent to acced-, variant stem of accēdere to accede + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
preaccess, noun
Can be confused
access, assess, excess.
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Examples from the web for accessing
  • They should also feel at ease with accessing information via telephone and computer.
  • There is a looming chasm between what your brain knows and what your mind is capable of accessing.
  • When it comes to accessing adult pay-per-view in hotel rooms, the system has safety checks.
  • Although the standards for accessing the services are open, their inner workings are proprietary.
  • Small businesses have difficultly accessing finance sometimes because the business and personal finances are so intertwined.
  • Our current modes of accessing information are certainly changing.
  • The search giant is accused of accessing a startup's database and trying to poach its customers.
  • For example, if there are too many people accessing the same cell tower, people won't actually experience the top speeds.
  • These days, accessing the same files across multiple devices can be a feat.
  • Dialysis uses special ways of accessing the blood in the blood vessels.
British Dictionary definitions for accessing

access

/ˈæksɛs/
noun
1.
the act of approaching or entering
2.
the condition of allowing entry, esp (of a building or room) allowing entry by wheelchairs, prams, etc
3.
the right or privilege to approach, reach, enter, or make use of something
4.
a way or means of approach or entry
5.
the opportunity or right to see or approach someone: she fights for divorce and free access to her children
6.
(modifier) designating programmes made by the general public as distinguished from those made by professional broadcasters: access television
7.
a sudden outburst or attack, as of rage or disease
verb
8.
to gain access to; make accessible or available
9.
(transitive) (computing)
  1. to obtain or retrieve (information) from a storage device
  2. to place (information) in a storage device See also direct access, sequential access
Word Origin
C14: from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accede
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Word Origin and History for accessing

access

n.

early 14c., "an attack of fever," from Old French acces "onslaught, attack; onset (of an illness)" (14c.), from Latin accessus "a coming to, an approach," noun use of past participle of accedere "approach" (see accede). The later senses are directly from Latin. Meaning "an entrance" is from c.1600. Meaning "habit or power of getting into the presence of (someone or something)" is from late 14c.

v.

1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related: Accessed; accessing.

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accessing in Medicine

access ac·cess (āk'sěs)
n.

  1. A means of approaching, entering, exiting, or making use of; passage.

  2. The space required to view a tooth and manipulate dental instruments to remove decay and prepare the tooth for restoration.

  3. The opening in the crown of a tooth necessary to allow adequate admittance to the pulp space to clean, shape, and seal the root canal.

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Related Abbreviations for accessing

ACCESS

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