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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Other Words from database

database transitive verb

Examples of database in a Sentence

All of our customers' information was kept in a database.
Recent Examples on the Web The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said Clearview illegally harvested more than 20 billion images from the internet and social media to create its global facial recognition database. Robert Hart, Forbes, 23 May 2022 The system’s coronavirus database shows there have been more than 460 staff and student cases in the past week. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 22 May 2022 That same year, after a Southern Baptist pastor made a motion for a database, Boto rejected the idea. Sarah Pulliam Bailey,, 22 May 2022 Specific addresses can be checked through a searchable database. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2022 After studying computer science at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, in 2011 Park founded WatchaPedia, a movie database similar to IMDb that also recommended TV shows and films for users. Soomee Park, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 The 6-3 decision held that a Georgia police officer violated his department’s policy—but didn’t break the anti-hacking law—by running a license-plate check with a law-enforcement database in return for cash. David Uberti, WSJ, 19 May 2022 According to USA Today’s coaching salary database, Day ranked No. 9 last season in pay, behind Saban, Stanford’s David Shaw, LSU’s Ed Orgeron, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Riley, Florida’s Dan Mullen, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, and Georgia’s Kirby Smart. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 18 May 2022 There were no advanced functions such as user authentication or database connections. Tam Nguyen, The Conversation, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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“Database.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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