Why was "tantrum" trending last week?


[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.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for database
  • Make sure it gets included in our campus-architecture database.
  • The database should also show clearly what the survival rates are for each major type of treatment for each stage of cancer.
  • Explore this searchable database for information and photographs of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Then they put the hits in a database and compare the new terms to words they already have.
  • Except as noted, those of the species listed in this database are soft to the touch.
  • database miners still have to learn how best to use all that data.
  • The kit identification number you have entered is not recognized by the database.
  • Browse by planet or search the database for your favorites.
  • Apple also said it made a mistake by making the location database file too large.
  • For many companies, potential benefits from fine-tuning their system are too small to justify the database.
British Dictionary definitions for database


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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
database 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
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
database 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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
database in Technology

1. One or more large structured sets of persistent data, usually associated with software to update and query the data. A simple database might be a single file containing many records, each of which contains the same set of fields where each field is a certain fixed width.
A database is one component of a database management system.
See also ANSI/SPARC Architecture, atomic, blob, data definition language, deductive database, distributed database, fourth generation language, functional database, object-oriented database, relational database.
Carol E. Brown's tutorial (
2. A collection of nodes managed and stored in one place and all accessible via the same server. Links outside this are "external", and those inside are "internal".
On the World-Wide Web this is called a website.
3. All the facts and rules comprising a logic programming program.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for database

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for database

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for database