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Meaning of access by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( US ) enPR: ăkʹsĕs, IPA: /ˈæk.sɛs/, X-SAMPA: /"{ksEs/
    • Hyphenation: ac‧cess

    Etymology 1


    access ( countable and uncountable; plural: accesses )

    1. ( uncountable ) A way or means of approaching or entering; an entrance; a passage.
    2. ( uncountable ) The act of approaching or entering; an advance .
    3. ( uncountable ) The right or ability of approaching or entering; admittance; admission; accessibility .
    4. ( uncountable ) The quality of being easy to approach or enter.
    5. ( uncountable ) Admission to sexual intercourse.
    6. ( countable ) An increase by addition; accession; as, an access of territory.
    7. ( countable ) An onset, attack, or fit of disease; an ague fit.
    8. ( countable ) An outburst of an emotion; a paroxysm; a fit of passion; as, an access of fury.
    9. ( uncountable, law ) The right of a non-custodial parent to visit their child .
    10. ( uncountable, computing ) The process of locating data in memory .
    11. ( uncountable, Internet ) Connection to or communication with a computer program or to the Internet .
    Derived terms
    Related terms
    • accede
    • accessary
    • accessible
    • accessibility
    • accessibly
    • accession
    • accessory

    Etymology 2


    access ( third-person singular simple present accesses present participle accessing, simple past and past participle accessed )

    1. ( transitive ) To gain or obtain access to .
    2. ( transitive, computing ) To have access to ( data ) .
      I can't access most of the data on the computer without a password .

    See also

    • access in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • access in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • access at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of access by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. reach or gain access to

    2. How does one access the attic in this house?
    3. obtain or retrieve from a storage device

    1. the act of approaching or entering

    2. he gained access to the building
    3. a way of entering or leaving

    4. he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge
    5. the operation of reading or writing stored information

    6. the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something ( as services or membership )

    7. the right to enter

    8. a code ( a series of characters or digits ) that must be entered in some way ( typed or dialed or spoken ) to get the use of something ( a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc. )

    Definition of access by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Access ( #; 277 ), n. [F. accès, L. accessus, fr. accedere. See Accede.]
      1. A coming to, or near approach; admittance; admission; accessibility; as, “to gain access to a prince”.

      I did repel his letters, and denied

      His access to me. Shak.

      2. The means, place, or way by which a thing may be approached; passage way; as, “the access is by a neck of land”. “All access was thronged.” Milton.

      3. Admission to sexual intercourse.

      During coverture, access of the husband shall be presumed, unless the contrary be shown. Blackstone.

      4. Increase by something added; addition; as, “an access of territory”. [In this sense accession is more generally used.]

      I, from the influence of thy looks, receive

      Access in every virtue. Milton.

      5. An onset, attack, or fit of disease.

      The first access looked like an apoplexy. Burnet.

      6. A paroxysm; a fit of passion; an outburst; as, “an access of fury”. [A Gallicism]