data processing


: the converting of raw data to machine-readable form and its subsequent processing (such as storing, updating, rearranging, or printing out) by a computer
data processor noun

Examples of data processing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apple has also bought about two dozen AI start-ups in the past 10 years, focused on the application of AI reasoning to image and video recognition, data processing, search capabilities and music content curation. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 30 Apr. 2024 The cables can be buried on land as well as under the sea, and nothing distinguishes the buildings where data processing is done from similar nondescript military buildings. Brendan Rittenhouse Green, Foreign Affairs, 16 June 2022 Primitive by today’s standards, these machines provided the functions of scientific calculations and data processing that would otherwise have to be done by hand or mechanical calculators. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 24 July 2023 Edge Intelligence and IoT Mesh Networks: Edge computing will flourish, enabling real-time data processing at the edge of networks. Steve Andriole, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for data processing 

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of data processing was in 1954

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“Data processing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

data processing

: the action or process of putting data into a computer and having the computer use it to produce a desired result

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