- The definition of information is news or knowledge received or given.
An example of information is what's given to someone who asks for background about something.
You can get information from books.
- an informing or being informed; esp., a telling or being told of something
- something told; news; intelligence; word
- knowledge acquired in any manner; facts; data; learning; lore
- a person or agency answering questions as a service to others
- in information theory and computer science, a precise measure of the information content of a message, measured in bits and ranging from zero when the entire message is known in advance to some maximum when nothing is known of its content
- any data that can be stored in and retrieved from a computer
- Law an accusation, under oath, of a criminal offense, not by indictment of a grand jury, but by a public officer, such as a prosecutor
Origin of informationMiddle English informacioun ; from Old French information ; from Classical Latin informatio, a representation, outline, sketch
- Knowledge or facts learned, especially about a certain subject or event. See Synonyms at knowledge.
- The act of informing or the condition of being informed; communication of knowledge: Safety instructions are provided for the information of our passengers.
- Computers Processed, stored, or transmitted data.
- A numerical measure of the uncertainty of an experimental outcome.
- Law A formal accusation of a crime made by a public officer rather than by grand jury indictment in instances in which the offense, if a federal crime, is not a felony or in which the offense, if a state crime, is allowed prosecution in that manner rather than by indictment.
(usually uncountable, plural informations)
- 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.
- The act of informing or imparting knowledge; notification. [from 14th c.]
- For your information, I did this because I wanted to.
- (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.]
- (now rare) The systematic imparting of knowledge; education, training. [from 14th c.]
- (now rare) The creation of form; the imparting of a given quality or characteristic; forming, animation. [from 17th c.]
- (Christianity) Divine inspiration. [from 15th c.]
- (information theory) Any unambiguous abstract data, the smallest possible unit being the bit. [from 20th c.]
- A service provided by telephone which provides listed telephone numbers of a subscriber. [from 20th c.]
- 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.
- (computing) […] the meaning that a human assigns to data by means of the known conventions used in its representation.
- The definition of information in the computing context is from an international standard vocabulary which, though formally accepted, is largely ignored by the computing profession that should be adhering to it.
information - Computer Definition
Information is the summarization of data. Technically, data are raw facts and figures that are processed into information, such as summaries and totals. But since information can also be the raw data for the next job or person, the two terms cannot be precisely defined, and both are used interchangeably. It may be helpful to view information the way it is structured and used, namely: data, text, spreadsheets, pictures, voice and video. Data are discretely defined fields. Text is a collection of words. Spreadsheets are data in matrix (row and column) form. Pictures are lists of vectors or frames of bits. Voice is a continuous stream of sound waves. Video is a sequence of image frames. See universal server.
information - Legal Definition