random access

noun
1.
the capacity of a videodisc or compact disc player that allows the user to select and replay any portion without starting at the beginning.
2.
availability, as of a service or facility, whenever needed or desired: an executive's need for random access to legal experts.

Origin:
1950–55

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random-access

[ran-duhm-ak-ses]
adjective Computers.
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random access
 
n
another name for direct access

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It was the paper equivalent of random-access memory, and it must have been almost supernaturally empowering.
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