Definition of data in English:

data

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Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪtə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis: there is very little data available
More example sentences
  • Police time will then be spent collecting together the data and providing statistics that indicate the ethnicity of those stopped.
  • These programs are used to edit and prepare the collected data for analysis.
  • Web surveys have reduced the cost of data collection and made data analysis more efficient.
Synonyms
facts, figures, statistics, details, particulars, specifics, features; information, evidence, intelligence, material, background, input; proof, fuel, ammunition; statement, report, return, dossier, file, documentation, archive(s)
informal info, gen, dope, low-down, deets
1.1The quantities, characters, or symbols on which operations are performed by a computer, which may be stored and transmitted in the form of electrical signals and recorded on magnetic, optical, or mechanical recording media.
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  • Argote gives the example of old recordings of film or data stored on magnetic tape.
  • The transmitting modem translates digital computer data into analog signals that can be carried over a phone line.
  • The coherent light beams could lead to ultrafast computer circuitry that transmits data optically.
1.2 Philosophy Things known or assumed as facts, making the basis of reasoning or calculation.
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  • The roots of relativism lie not in empirical data but in certain epistemological and metaphysical preconceptions.
  • The other is that he had come to make a virtue of the fact that the basic data of knowledge are never certain, but at best merely credible to some degree.
  • How do sense-data differ from other data, e.g. from those of memory or introspection?

Origin

mid 17th century (as a term in philosophy): from Latin, plural of datum.

Usage

In Latin, data is the plural of datum and, historically and in specialized scientific fields, it is also treated as a plural in English, taking a plural verb, as in the data were collected and classified. In modern non-scientific use, however, it is generally not treated as a plural. Instead, it is treated as a mass noun, similar to a word like information, which takes a singular verb. Sentences such as data was collected over a number of years are now widely accepted in standard English.

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