machine-readable

adjective

ma·​chine-read·​a·​ble mə-ˈshēn-ˈrē-də-bəl How to pronounce machine-readable (audio)
: directly usable by a computer
machine-readable text

Examples of machine-readable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This converts the image of text into machine-readable text. Jonathan Fischbein, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the powerful EU privacy law that went into effect in 2018, has adopted this very approach, mandating a standardized, machine-readable format for the transfer of personal data. Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs, 24 Nov. 2020 Its survey of a mere 600 out of 6,000 U.S. hospitals showed that 70% are complying with two key rule requirements: a machine-readable file that computer systems can read and a consumer-friendly display. Cynthia A. Fisher, STAT, 2 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of machine-readable was in 1958

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“Machine-readable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machine-readable. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

machine-readable

adjective
ma·​chine-read·​able
: directly usable by a computer
machine-readable text
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