da·ta·base | \ ˈdā-tə-ˌbās , 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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database transitive verb

Examples of database in a Sentence

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

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To solve the problem, the graduate student created a website,, that is a searchable database of all 403 episodes. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 The first data set shared under the new initiative will be a massive and continuously updated database of all public links shared on Facebook, starting in January 2017. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook opens up ‘overwhelming data set’ for election research," 11 July 2018 In all, about 75 people from what would end up being almost 250 (from a database of 50,000) chosen by the outside experts the team hired. Kevin Acee,, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 Started in 2011, Sci-Hub has made freely available an archive of over 60 million articles, drawn primarily from paywalled databases of major scientific publishers. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 AutoSlash uses a massive database of all possible discount codes — including members-only perks. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "How I saved $500 on my vacation ... and how you can, too," 12 July 2018 In a study published earlier this year the two researchers tested their system on a database of footsteps trodden by 127 different people. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 The county will build a database of every property’s plan and review their implementation every three years. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County wants plans for limiting Columbia traffic as development continues," 12 July 2018 The Service and the information contained therein may not be used to construct a database of any kind. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of database

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of database was circa 1962

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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 , ˈda- \

Kids Definition of database

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

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