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Meaning of information by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman informacioun, enformation et al., Middle French informacion, enformacion et al. ( French: information ), and their source, Latin informātiō ( “formation, conception; education” ), from the participle stem of informāre ( “to inform” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃən/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˌɪnfəɹˈmeɪʃən/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    information ( usually uncountable; plural: informations )

    1. Things that are or can be known about a given topic; communicable knowledge of something. [from 14th c.]
      I need some more information about this issue .
    2. The act of informing or imparting knowledge; notification. [from 14th c.]
      For your information, I did this because I wanted to .
    3. ( law ) A statement of criminal activity brought before a judge or magistrate; in the UK, used to inform a magistrate of an offence and request a warrant; in the US, an accusation brought before a judge without a grand jury indictment. [from 15th c.]
    4. ( obsolete ) The act of informing against someone, passing on incriminating knowledge; accusation. [14th-17th c.]
    5. ( now rare ) The systematic imparting of knowledge; education, training. [from 14th c.]
    6. ( now rare ) The creation of form; the imparting of a given quality or characteristic; forming, animation. [from 17th c.]
    7. ( Christianity ) Divine inspiration. [from 15th c.]
    8. ( information theory ) Any unambiguous abstract data, the smallest possible unit being the bit. [from 20th c.]
    9. A service provided by telephone which provides listed telephone numbers of a subscriber. [from 20th c.]
    10. As contrasted with data, knowledge which is gathered as a result of processing data. [from 20th c.]
      And as you can see in this slide, we then take the raw data and convert it into information .


Explanation of information by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome

    2. the signal contained thousands of bits of information
    3. knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction

    4. a message received and understood

    5. formal accusation of a crime

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