• Data


    • UK
      • enPR: dā'tə, IPA: /ˈdeɪtə/
      • Rhymes: -eɪtə
    • US
      • enPR: dă'tə, IPA: /ˈdætə/
      • Rhymes: -ætə
    • Aus
      • enPR: dä'tə, IPA: /ˈdɑːtə/
      • Rhymes: -ɑːtə

    Alternative forms

    • D electronics


    From Latin data, nominative plural of datum ("that is given"), neuter past participle of ("I give").



    or plural noun
    1. Plural of datum: Pieces of information.
    2. (uncountable, collectively) Information, especially in a scientific or computational context.
      • Schuster Hepaticae V|viiWith fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get...
      • 2013-06-22, Snakes and ladders, Risk is everywhere....For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you. “The Norm Chronicles”...aims to help data-phobes find their way through this blizzard of risks.
    3. (computing) A representation of facts or ideas in a formalized manner capable of being communicated or manipulated by some process.

    Usage notes

    This word is more often used as an uncountable noun with a singular verb than as a plural noun with singular datum.

    The definition of data in the computing context is from an international standard vocabulary and is meant to distinguish data from information. However, this distinction is largely ignored by the computing profession.http://eprints.utas.edu.au/1957/1/Cm1My.pdf


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