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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One database, which dates to 2014, was put together by researchers at Stanford. Cade Metz, New York Times, "Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face," 13 July 2019 One database, which dates to 2014, was put together by researchers at Stanford. Cade Metz,, "Companies gather massive databases of people’s images for facial recognition tools," 13 July 2019 Even though more than 110 tracks report to the database, less than a third of them allow their stats to be made public. John Cherwa,, "Statistics might not tell the whole story about horse racing deaths," 12 July 2019 Attorney General Dave Yost’s office has yet to provide other details about the database, such as exactly which other federal agencies have access to the system, which is restricted to law-enforcement officials. Cliff Pinckard,, "Lake Erie’s harmful algal bloom could be worst since 2015: The Wake Up for Friday, July 12, 2019," 12 July 2019 This week, The Oregonian/OregonLive rolls out a new restaurant inspection database, a searchable, sortable guide to restaurant inspections and scores, starting with Multnomah County., "Find out which Portland restaurants passed, failed inspections," 11 July 2019 Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement have requested access to databases of license photos in at least three states, and two of them—Utah and Vermont—complied, according to internal communications and other records. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "ICE Taps States’ Photo Databases to Hunt Criminal Suspects," 8 July 2019 Repeat offenders will be permanently listed in the database, which must be reauthorized by the Legislature by 2024 to continue operating. Skyler Swisher,, "Florida to use online registry to shame people who buy sex," 2 July 2019 But the Hogsett administration’s touting of homes with serious safety hazards raises doubts about the validity of the 2,000 homes database, which is available at the city’s website. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'They’re just patching it up': Tenants lack electricity, water in homes Joe Hogsett calls 'transformed'," 1 July 2019

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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 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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