data processing

noun
processing of information, especially the handling of information by computers in accordance with strictly defined systems of procedure.
Also called information processing.


Origin:
1950–55

data processor, noun
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data processing
 
n
a.  a sequence of operations performed on data, esp by a computer, in order to extract information, reorder files, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a data-processing centre

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Main Entry:  data processing
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See information processing
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data processing definition


Either the preparation of data for processing by a computer, or the storage and processing of raw data by the computer itself.

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data processing definition

application
The input, verification, organisation, storage, retrieval, transformation, and extraction of information from data. The term is normally associated with commercial applications such as stock control or payroll.
(1995-03-30)

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Example sentences
Light has many advantages for data processing over electricity.
All sensory decoding takes sensors and neuroanatomy to do the data processing.
It exists mainly in the human mind and is manufactured from two sources
  careless data acquisition and dubious data processing.
It is not the effect of computers and data processing on decision-making,
  policymaking, or strategy.
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