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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, the database does not include all states, according to the report, lacking data from places including Pennsylvania, Montana and North Dakota among others. Los Angeles Times, "Millions in California coronavirus jobless benefits sent to out-of-state prisoners," 5 Jan. 2021 While records of all dangerous chemical leaks are stored at the DEQ, the agency’s database is organized in a way that makes comparisons between different facilities extremely difficult. Mark Schleifstein,, "Worker exposure to dangerous chemicals at Rubicon plant in Geismar linked to poor maintenance record," 3 Jan. 2021 Since the beginning of the pandemic, the US has submitted about 57,000 genomic sequences to GISAID, a centralized database used by countries around the world. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "CDC hopes to double the number of coronavirus samples checked for new mutations," 3 Jan. 2021 The study by the center’s director and accident database tracker looked at avalanches last winter into the spring, when pandemic restrictions shuttered ski areas and pushed more potentially inexperienced people into the backcountry. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "As pandemic-cooped crowds hit Alaska’s backcountry, concerns grow about avalanche danger for all users," 3 Jan. 2021 There are 250 genetic sequences of SARS-2 viruses from December cases in the U.S. that have been logged into an international virus sharing database known as GISAID; there isn’t a B.1.1.7 among them, Bedford said. Helen Branswell, STAT, "With limited surveillance of Covid-19 variant, it’s déjà vu all over again," 31 Dec. 2020 There are also about 2,800 functioning satellites in orbit, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which maintains a satellite database. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Japan’s solution to space junk problem is wooden satellites that would burn up upon reentry," 30 Dec. 2020 By April 2020, the adoption rate for dogs in the U.S. had increased by more than 30%, according to Sara Kent, CEO of the nonprofit database Shelter Animals Count. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Do Dogs Really Make Us Happier?," 30 Dec. 2020 The Los Angeles Police Department does not appear to have any sort of official online database that shows a list of recent arrest records and incidents. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Posts cite fake records site to claim Schiff, Pelosi were arrested," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Database.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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- \

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

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