data processing


Definition of 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

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Other Words from data processing

data processor noun

Examples of data processing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Government officials said the data processing had not yet been automated at that point, causing delays, which local officials said led to a surge in cases. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "In U.K.’s Test and Trace: Now You See ’em, Now You Don’t," 5 Oct. 2020 Suddenly and without explanation, plaintiffs argued, Ross’s Aug. 3 plan shortened data processing time lines from eight months to accommodate for Covid-19 to four months. Joel Rosenblatt,, "Trump’s Plan to Wrap up Census Faster Is Blocked by Judge," 25 Sep. 2020 Previously, the Census Bureau had only half that time for data processing, from the start of October until the end of December. Arkansas Online, "Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month," 25 Sep. 2020 The study will have a central data processing and coordination center at Harvard University and a research network centered in Australia. Eliza Fawcett,, "Institute of Living research team selected to join international research effort studying schizophrenia in young people," 16 Sep. 2020 The updated list includes data processing, speech and text recognition — the kind of tech that experts say is used by TikTok. Brian Fung And Selina Wang, CNN, "TikTok will partner with Oracle in the United States after Microsoft loses bid," 14 Sep. 2020 Scientists caution that the detection itself needs to be verified, as the phosphine fingerprint described in the study could be a false signal introduced by the telescopes or by data processing. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Possible sign of life on Venus stirs up heated debate," 14 Sep. 2020 Some industry executives had said such a tax would undermine New Jersey’s standing as the center of U.S. financial-data processing. Stacie Sherman,, "NYSE Exchanges to Prepare for Potential Move From New Jersey," 11 Sep. 2020 The Lake County Council wants to take authority over purchasing and data processing from the Lake County Board of Commissioners – a move that surprised the commissioners. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Lake Council wants to take authority for data processing, purchasing from commissioners," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of data processing

1954, in the meaning defined above

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14 Oct 2020

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“Data processing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of data processing

: the process of putting information into a computer so that the computer can organize it, change its form, etc.

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