database

noun da·ta·base \ ˈdā-tə-ˌbās , ˈda- also ˈdä- \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of database

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

database

transitive verb

Examples of database in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of database

circa 1962

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Definition of database for English Language Learners

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


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noun da·ta·base \ ˈdā-tə-ˌbās , ˈda- \

Definition of database for Students

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


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