Definition of retrieval in English:


Syllabification: re·triev·al
Pronunciation: /riˈtrēvəl


  • 1The process of getting something back from somewhere: the investigation was completed after the retrieval of plane wreckage
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    • Today, we are inundated with so much data in so many formats, that, even though retrieval is theoretically easier, it can still be difficult to develop a truly useful project archive.
    • The impact of her words, now beyond retrieval, spread out in slow motion to fill the moment.
    • Woody was involved in retrieval of a bag from a parked vehicle, for which he was paid £60.
  • 1.1The obtaining or consulting of material stored in a computer system.
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    • A search engine optimizes the retrieval process by indexing.
    • A library user is presented with an array of other online and CD-ROM products, some offering abstracts or full-text retrieval.
    • Documents are bulk-processed and, then, loaded into a large online database for storage and retrieval.

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