ran·​dom-ac·​cess ˈran-dəm-ˈak-ˌses How to pronounce random-access (audio)
: permitting access to stored data in any order the user desires

Examples of random-access in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The research firm foresees the revenue for DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) chips declining 39.4% in 2023 but expects a rise of 86.8% in 2024 as pricing keeps rebounding. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 7 July 2023 In the Lisa and most other operating systems, two indexes access a program on floppy disk, using up precious random-access memory and increasing the delay in fetching programs from a disk. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of random-access was in 1953

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“Random-access.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/random-access. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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: permitting access to stored data in any order the user desires

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