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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The German government is examining Google’s content licensing deals with news publishers and its data processing terms. Quartz, 28 Oct. 2022 Demand for data processing and hosting services, semiconductor manufacturing, mental health services, testing laboratories, medical equipment and pharmaceutical manufacturing is higher than before the pandemic. Gad Levanon For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 7 Oct. 2022 Samsung was also showing their 2nd generation SmartSSD with PCIe support for near data processing. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 Jim Manion’s wife started a company whose initials matched the NPC’s data processing vendor three months before that vendor was hired, Pennsylvania corporate records show. John Sullivan, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 Once discovered and classified, stringent policies and procedures regarding data processing, data storage (both at rest and in transit) and data destruction, if it is no longer required, must be implemented. Tony Fitzgibbon, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The original draft bill in 2018 had stronger guardrails around data processing in the service of national security. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 For example, using edge computing to move data processing workloads closer to where it is needed will dramatically improve customer experience. James Messer, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Anyone concerned about how a vendor might share data can pull up its data processing agreement, Healy notes. Nick Rockel, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Data processing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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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