da·​ta·​base | \ ˈdā-tə-ˌbās How to pronounce database (audio) , ˈda- also ˈdä- \

Definition of database

: a usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval (as by a computer) an online database

Other Words from database

database transitive verb

Examples of database in a Sentence

All of our customers' information was kept in a database.
Recent Examples on the Web The country also has a robust coronavirus testing program, a high COVID-19 vaccine uptake and a centralized public health database that provides researchers with clean, clear data to analyze the effects of the vaccines over time. Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 Eventually, the bill would strengthen the role of the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS), which will be in charge of regulating cannabis drugs and preparations, and create a database about medical cannabis patients. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Then you’re tasked with searching a database for a perfect match (or a few!) and planning a fun first date. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, 13 June 2022 The artist's work generated more than $354 million at auction in 2016, exceeding any other artist -- dead or alive -- in the world that year, according to an annual ranking produced by the Artprice database. CNN, 12 June 2022 Therapy for Black Girls, for example, provides Black users with a database to find therapists who look like them. Alisha Acquaye, Allure, 12 June 2022 According to Utah’s court records database, none of the six Utahns appears to have a history of violent crime. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 The measure would ban ammunition magazines over 10 rounds, except for current owners, law enforcement and the military, and the state police would create a firearms database. Andrew Selsky, ajc, 10 June 2022 Officer Raymond Pyle, who was hired by the department in January 2021, accessed the database in August 2021 during an investigation, according to a press release from Sierra Vista police. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of database

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Database.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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: a collection of data that is organized especially to be used by a computer


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