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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database transitive verb

Examples of database in a Sentence

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

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The Hasso Plattner Institute has its own Identity Leak Checker, however, which has added the database. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A second, massive Collections leak of 2.2 billion email addresses probably has your information," 31 Jan. 2019 After a few medical tests, the Gibsons were able to choose embryos from the NEDC’s large database of donor profiles. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 In addition, county elections can also now verify all voter registrations that don't provide documented proof of citizenship using the statewide MVD database. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Republican secretary of state candidates spar over Arizona's voter-registration rules," 6 July 2018 The list includes a mention of the Fix NICS Act, a bill Cornyn pushed to close gaps in the national gun database that is meant to prevent people who are barred from having guns from purchasing them. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "John Cornyn uses Hillary Clinton as a foil in taxpayer funded video touting GOP victories," 5 July 2018 Though no match was made, the database did later link the profile to biological evidence from two other unsolved crimes — separate rapes of prostitutes that occurred in Fort Worth in 2011. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram, "He worked to steer troubled youths from crime, but Ray Hernandez died a murder victim," 2 July 2018 The database includes contact information like home addresses and phone numbers. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA's Secret Spy Hubs," 30 June 2018 The database joins two others in existence, including one for a broad array of underrepresented talent chaired by founding Fugee Prakazrel Samuel Michel, called The Media Stakeholders Directory. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Remembering the Capital Gazette Victims," 29 June 2018 One challenge is to keep on scaling the database whilst retaining the highest quality. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "WhoSampled Remixes Mobile App With Music Recognition Feature: Exclusive," 28 June 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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