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or data-base, data base

[dey-tuh-beys] /ˈdeɪ təˌbeɪs/
a comprehensive collection of related data organized for convenient access, generally in a computer.
Origin of database
1965-70; data + base1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For those still captive to literacy, the alternative is the ubiquitous word-processed letter matched to a list in a database.

  • These resources have their specific epistemological condition-a printed encyclopedia is different from a 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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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