datanoun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction, often attributive
Essential Meaning of data
1 : facts or information used usually to calculate, analyze, or plan something She spent hours reviewing the data from the experiment. They made their decisions based on the survey data. See More ExamplesMuch of the data is inconclusive. The company has access to your personal data.
2 : information that is produced or stored by a computer She works as a data entry clerk. There was too much data for the computer to process. He is an expert in data retrieval. [=finding information stored on a computer]
Full Definition of data
1 : factual information (such as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation the data is plentiful and easily available— H. A. Gleason, Jr. comprehensive data on economic growth have been published— N. H. Jacoby
2 : information in digital form that can be transmitted or processed
3 : information output by a sensing device or organ that includes both useful and irrelevant or redundant information and must be processed to be meaningful
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