- a large collection of data in a computer, organized so that it can be expanded, updated, and retrieved rapidly for various uses
- any large or extensive collection of information
An example of a database is what you would search through in order to find an available flight.
nounalso data base
transitive verbda·ta·based, da·ta·bas·ing, da·ta·bas·es
- (computing) A collection of (usually) organized information in a regular structure, usually but not necessarily in a machine-readable format accessible by a computer.
- I have a database of all my contacts in my personal organizer.
- (computing) A set of tables in a database(1).
- The "books" database will have three tables, and the "customers" database will have two tables.
- (computing) A software program for storing, retrieving and manipulating a database(1).
- Which database do you use: MySQL or Oracle?
- (computing) A combination of (1) and (2).
(third-person singular simple present databases, present participle databasing, simple past and past participle databased)
- To enter data into a database
database - Computer Definition
A file comprising a collection of related information organized in a manner that enables operations such as searching and sorting the data.
A collection of information organized in a way that a software program can rapidly find wanted pieces of data—an electronic filing system. Databases are organized by fields (defined as one information piece), records (defined as a complete set of fields), and files or tables (defined as a collection of records).
A database is analogous to a telephone book. It is a large electronic file containing a list of records each having three fields: name of telephone owner, address of telephone owner, and telephone number of telephone owner.
An alternative concept in database design is called hypertext—a database in which any object (such as a picture or a file) can be linked to any other object, thus serving as a useful means of organizing vast amounts of unrelated information.
In recent years, information systems experts have discussed database management systems (DBMS), a collection of programs allowing users to not only enter information located in a database but to select particular information of interest. Thus, increasingly, the term database has come to stand for DBMS.
See Also: Database (DB).
Jupitermedia Corporation database. [Online, June 27, 2003.] Jupitermedia Corporation Website. http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/D/database.html.
A set of related files that is created and managed by a database management system (DBMS). Today, most DBMSs can manage any form of data including text, images, sound and video. Database and file structures are always determined by the software. As far as the hardware is concerned, all data are simply "bits and bytes." See DBMS.