optical character recognition

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 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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Optical Character Recognition definition

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(OCR, sometimes /oh'k*/) Recognition of printed or written characters by computer. Each page of text is converted to a digital using a scanner and OCR is then applied to this image to produce a text file. This involves complex image processing algorithms and rarely achieves 100% accuracy so manual proof reading is recommended.
(1999-08-26)

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