data meaning

[ 'deitə ] Pronunciation:   "data" in a sentence
Noun: data  deytu
  1. A collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
    "statistical data"
    - information
Noun: datum (data)  deytum
  1. An item of factual information derived from measurement or research
    - data point

Derived forms: datas

Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection, information

Encyclopedia: Data

Datum Datum, Greece Datum, Macedonia

BrE also ; AmE also / noun


1 [U; pl.] (used as a plural noun in technical English, when the singular is datum)

facts or information, especially when examined and used to find out things or to make decisions:

This data was collected from 73 countries.

They have found some interesting things in the data.

raw data (= data that has not been studied yet)

◆ (Technical ) Recent economic data show that more than 2 500 jobs are created each month.

❖ to collect/get/obtain data

◆ to analyse/interpret/look at/use data

◆ the analysis/interpretation of data

◆ data indicate(s)/show(s)/suggest(s) sth

economic/financial/scientific/technical data

2 (IT ) [U]

information that is stored by a computer:

Once we have checked the stock, we enter the data into the computer.

a data-storage system

❖ to access/enter/process/retrieve/store data

◆ data management/processing/retrieval/storage

Representation of facts, concepts, or instructions in a formalized manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing by humans or by automatic means.
Any representations such as characters or analog quantities to which meaning is or might be assigned.

1. A collection of digital bits (binary digits) with informational content (e.g., a computer file, a digital image, or a digital sound recording).
2. General expression for information, especially in encoded or written form.

n pl but sing or pl in constr : factual information (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 the incidence of Lyme disease›


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  1. the observational data were irrefutable.
  2. nonlinear data exhibit considerable variation.
  3. the result agreed with experimental data.
  4. the data is not enough to be convincing.
  5. drop data may be presented as moving pictures.

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