noun \ˈdā-təm, ˈda-, ˈdä-\

: a single piece of information

Full Definition of DATUM

plural da·ta \-ə\ :  something given or admitted especially as a basis for reasoning or inference
plural datums :  something used as a basis for calculating or measuring
See Usage Discussion at data

Examples of DATUM

  1. <let's begin our discussion of this matter with a datum from actual experience>

Origin of DATUM

Latin, from neuter of datus
First Known Use: 1646

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with DATUM


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