|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|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|Main Entry:||data processing|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||See information processing|
Either the preparation of data for processing by a computer, or the storage and processing of raw data by the computer itself.