Definition of optical character recognition in English:

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optical character recognition

Pronunciation: /ˈäptəkəl ˈker(ə)ktər ˌrekəɡˈniSHən/
(abbreviation OCR)


The identification of printed characters using photoelectric devices and computer software.
Example sentences
  • The relevant software such as text-retrieval systems or optical character recognition could be used to do the necessary transformation and processing.
  • They are also at the heart of practical technologies, such as optical character recognition and speech recognition.
  • We had been in contact since my early experiments with optical character recognition in the early 90's.

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Syllabification: op·ti·cal char·ac·ter rec·og·ni·tion

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