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random access

the capacity of a videodisc or compact disc player that allows the user to select and replay any portion without starting at the beginning.
availability, as of a service or facility, whenever needed or desired:
an executive's need for random access to legal experts.
Origin of random access


[ran-duh m-ak-ses] /ˈræn dəmˈæk sɛs/
adjective, Computers. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for random access
  • Tape drives do not afford efficient, random access to the data.
  • In short, magnetic core memory was the first random access memory that was practical, reliable and relatively high-speed.
  • It's the visual voice mail, co-developed with their mobile-phone partner, that allows random access to voice mail.
  • random access reads and writes from system to system.
  • Provide efficient, general data access capabilities and random access within large structures.
  • Operation is maintained contact with time-out function on your controller, but random access in terms of position selection.
British Dictionary definitions for random access

random access

another name for direct access
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