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optical character recognition

noun, Computers.
1.
the process or technology of reading data in printed form by a device (optical character reader) that scans and identifies characters.
Abbreviation: OCR.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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optical character reader

noun
1.
a computer peripheral device enabling letters, numbers, or other characters usually printed on paper to be optically scanned and input to a storage device, such as magnetic tape. The device uses the process of optical character recognition Abbreviation (for both reader and recognition) OCR
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optical character reader in Science
optical character recognition  
The electronic identification and digital encoding of printed or handwritten characters by means of an optical scanner and specialized software.
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