optical character reader

optical character recognition

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

Origin:
1960–65

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optical character reader
 
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Abbreviation (for both reader and recognition): OCR 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

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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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