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

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Examples of database in a Sentence

All of our customers' information was kept in a database.

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In 2015, the sheriff’s cold case unit enlisted a Reston, Virginia, technology company, Parabon NanoLabs, to analyze the DNA by comparing it to genetic samples available through a public genealogy database. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "DNA test solves 45-year-old double-murder mystery in Montana," 25 Mar. 2019 States started cracking down on doctors and started passing laws enabling doctors to check patients’ opioid history through a national database. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 Chandler police have entered Totels into a national database as missing or endangered, Tyler said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Police search for missing 18-year-old with autism," 2 July 2018 This was achieved with the help of over 400,000 contributors who compiled a massive database filled with release information, artists, images and more. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Discogs Hits Milestone With 10 Million Releases: Exclusive," 28 June 2018 Similarly, the test correctly categorized 20 of 22 variants deemed harmless in the database. Fox News, "Lab test may identify dangerous gene mutations, study finds," 12 Sep. 2018 Once a student’s name is in that database, coaches are free to contact that individual. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Gary Patterson rips into new NCAA rule. ‘That’s stupid.’," 13 July 2018 Immigration and civil liberties advocates are worried that once in a government database, the genetic information could be used to pursue criminal cases or penalize asylum seekers. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "DNA tests on children separated at border from family: few answers, lots of questions," 9 July 2018 While closed databases like Option Impact can be used to ensure fair pay, they can likewise be employed to lowball less-savvy recruits, says David Burkus, an associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. Rachel Nuwer, WIRED, "Silicon Valley’s Exclusive Salary Database," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of database

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of database

: a collection of pieces of information that is organized and used on a computer


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

Kids Definition of database

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

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