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Meaning of data by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin data, plural of datum ( ‘that is given’ ), neuter past participle of dare ( ‘to give’ ) .


    • ( UK, US )
      • enPR: dā'tə, IPA: /ˈdeɪtə/, X-SAMPA: /"deIt@/
      • Rhymes: -eɪtə
    • ( US )
      • enPR: dă'tə, IPA: /ˈdætə/, X-SAMPA: /"d{t@/
      • Rhymes: -ætə
    • ( Australia, UK formal )
      • enPR: dä'tə, IPA: /ˈdɑːtə/, X-SAMPA: /"dA:t@/
      • Rhymes: -ɑːtə


    data ( uncountable ) or plural noun

    1. Plural form of datum: pieces of information .
    2. ( uncountable, collectively ) information.
    3. A collection of object-units that are distinct from one another .

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    • adat, TADA, ta-da, tada

Explanation of data by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn

    2. statistical data

    Definition of data by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Data n. pl. [L. pl. of datum.]
      1. See Datum.

      2. a collection of facts, observations, or other information related to a particular question or problem; as, “the historical data show that the budget deficit is only a small factor in determining interest rates”. The term in this sense is used especially in reference to experimental observations collected in the course of a controlled scientific investigation.

      3. ( Computers ) information, most commonly in the form of a series of binary digits, stored on a physical storage medium for manipulation by a computer program. It is contrasted with the program which is a series of instructions used by the central processing unit of a computer to manipulate the data. In some conputers data and execuatble programs are stored in separate locations.