database

noun
da·​ta·​base | \ ˈdā-tə-ˌbās How to pronounce database (audio) , 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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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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The app launched in October and immediately made headlines, not for its premise but for exposing user information — including names, profile pictures, and, in some cases, private messages — in an open database. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "“For conservatives, by conservatives”: the rise of right-wing dating apps," 26 Dec. 2018 Currently, in the U.S. there is no system or database that tracks who owns which gun. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How We Can Stop Mass Shootings in America," 20 Nov. 2018 Across the country, hundreds of thousands of prisoners are adding their voices to biometric databases set up by state correctional organizations under coercion from their prison. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Prisons Are Building Giant Biometric Databases of Prisoners' Voices," 1 Feb. 2019 As vehicle-warranty administrator, Mr. Mort spends his time copying serial numbers, submitting warranty repair orders, tracking claims, and managing databases. Eric Morath, WSJ, "America’s Hidden Workforce Returns," 26 Jan. 2019 My goal is to one day make this database an interactive search tool on my website. SELF, "How to Make Your Gym or Fitness Space More Inclusive and Welcoming for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People," 30 Oct. 2018 In 2016, Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 states, breaching a voter database in Illinois. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Election security legislation may be gaining steam in Congress," 12 July 2018 Their official website features a searchable database of every organization they are involved with. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle was just announced patron of four charities, but what does that really mean?," 12 Jan. 2019 Privacy concerns have emerged: While the CBP keeps a database of passport photos and visas, these facial scans provide new data without official use guidelines yet, according to Skift. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biometrics Worked! U.S. Border Patrol Celebrates Success of Early Tech," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of database

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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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 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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