database

noun
da·ta·base | \ˈdā-tə-ˌbās, ˈda- also ˈdä-\

Definition of database 

computers

: 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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All bitcoin transactions and wallets are recorded on a database known as the blockchain, by a network of computers that anyone can join. BostonGlobe.com, "How Russian spies hid behind bitcoin in hacking campaign," 14 July 2018 McAdoo Gordon noted that clearance investigators normally check an internal Justice Department database to see if an applicant is the subject or target of a federal investigation. Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Limits still remain on security clearance for Trump son-in-law Kushner," 13 July 2018 Dufour confirmed that most of the audience was made up of nontraditional operagoers and said that about 56 percent of the audience in Montreal was not in the opera's database. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 The report said the medical marijuana oversight agency lacks reliable, independent tools to validate grow site locations and relies on inconsistent county databases. Washington Post, "Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems," 13 July 2018 And Yelp's crowdsourced database of restaurant and other reviews continues to flourish. David Pogue, Scientific American, "Megamergers I’d Like to See," 13 July 2018 The database contains over 500,00 freely available ocean data collected by sea mammals. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 All Bitcoin transactions and wallets are recorded on a database known as the blockchain, by a network of computers that anyone can join. New York Times, "How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign," 13 July 2018 While matches can be hit or miss with each database, Moore found a direct hit with AncestryDNA. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "His mother left him in a box. 31 years later, this Boisean has reunited with his father.," 12 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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database

noun

English Language Learners Definition of database

: a collection of pieces of information that is organized and used on a computer

database

noun
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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