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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Other Words from database

database transitive verb

Examples of database in a Sentence

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

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Rather, the patent claims the use of computer and software components to perform routine database and communications operations. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Notorious patent enforcement entity values its entire portfolio at $2, folds," 1 Nov. 2018 There is no cost to use the services and database, and assistance is available to help with learning and researching. Pam Greer, Ramona Sentinel, "Church open house to showcase Family History Center," 6 June 2018 The barrage of data breaches at restaurants and other businesses highlights the heightened risks of identity theft, and the continued vulnerabilities presented by payment systems, databases of customer information, and mobile apps. Hamza Shaban,, "Chili's says customer names and credit card numbers were exposed," 14 May 2018 In 2016, David Levin of Vanguard Cybersecurity was arrested after Florida law officials accused him of hacking into the state elections database. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Real security flaws became a sketchy hacking investigation in Georgia," 5 Nov. 2018 The restraining order had apparently never been entered into a federal database. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Justice Department expands access to federal databases for Washington state tribes," 22 Oct. 2018 Competitive Edge will go back into the database to find more fans for more focus groups. Kevin Acee,, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 An Akron police detective working on missing-persons cases typed Pagano’s name into the database and saw a potential match. Washington Post, "DNA tests link remains to teen who disappeared in 1974," 12 July 2018 Although no actual votes were changed, hackers broke into Illinois' voter registration database and stole some information. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Russia so far not mounting 'robust' hacking effort against U.S. election, official says," 11 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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