Data meaning

dā'tə, dăt'ə, dä'tə
Data is defined as facts or figures, or information that's stored in or used by a computer.

An example of data is information collected for a research paper.

An example of data is an email.

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Facts that can be analyzed or used in an effort to gain knowledge or make decisions; information.
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Statistics or other information represented in a form suitable for processing by computer.
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Facts or figures to be processed; evidence, records, statistics, etc. from which conclusions can be inferred; information.
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Information in a form suitable for storing and processing by a computer.
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(1) Technically, raw facts and figures, such as orders and payments, which are processed into information, such as balance due and quantity on hand. However, in common usage, the terms "data" and "information" are used synonymously. In addition, the term data is really the plural of "datum," which is one item of data. But datum is rarely used, and data is used as both singular and plural in practice.The amount of data versus information kept in the computer is a tradeoff. Data can be processed into different forms of information, but it takes time to sort and sum transactions. Up-to-date information can provide instant answers.A common misconception is that software is also data. Software is executed, or run, by the computer. Data are "processed." Thus, software causes the computer to process data.
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Plural form of datum: Pieces of information.
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(uncountable, collectively) Information, especially in a scientific or computational context.
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(computing) A representation of facts or ideas in a formalized manner capable of being communicated or manipulated by some process.
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From the Latin datum, meaning what is given. What is known or assumed, and upon which conclusions can be drawn. Factual information in a form that can be input to, created by, processed by, stored in, and output by a computer. Data can take the form of characters such as letters, numbers, punctuation marks, mathematical operators, and control characters. Data also can take the form of photographic display elements, such as pixels. Note: Data is the plural form of the Latin datum, although data is used conversationally to represent both singular and plural.
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Origin of data

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