- 1 [mass noun] (often access to) The means or opportunity to approach or enter a place: the staircase gives access to the top floor wheelchair accessMore example sentences
- Two side entrances provide access to the back garden - one has double timber doors which lead to a carport.
- A covered side entrance provides access to the large walled rear garden, which also has an outside toilet.
- There is plumbing for a washing machine, and a side door provides access to the garden.
- 1.1The right or opportunity to use or benefit from something: do you have access to a computer? awards to help people gain access to trainingMore example sentences
(the) use of, the opportunity to use, permission to use
- It is not a policy issue as to whether people should have access to water or not, people are naturally entitled to have access.
- Ensure that next year's influx of students have access to properly funded clubs and resources.
- It's right and proper that teachers have access to the full process of judicial review, which by its thorough nature, will take time.
- 1.2The right or opportunity to approach or see someone: we were denied access to our grandsonMore example sentences
- This group aims to support fathers who suffer after marital disputes, for example by being denied access to their children by the mother.
- At the same time union representatives were denied access to members and were not faxed requested safety reports.
- Ms. Stewart did not have her speech limited nor were students denied access to her as you suggest.
- 1.3The process of obtaining or retrieving information stored in a computer’s memory: this prevents unauthorized access or inadvertent deletion of the fileMore example sentences
- Memory data accesses are hundreds of times faster than disk.
- This execution involves performing arithmetic and logical calculations, initiating memory accesses, and controlling the flow of program execution.
- Virtual Interface Architecture is a new method or establishing application-to-application remote memory accesses over a network.
- 1.4 [as modifier] Denoting broadcasting produced by minority and specialist interest groups, rather than by professionals: access televisionMore example sentences
- The evolution of access broadcasting has produced a different kind of anxiety.
- The forum will be aired on local public access television prior to Election Day.
- 2 [in singular] • literary An attack or outburst of an emotion: I was suddenly overcome with an access of rageMore example sentences
- And in the afternoon, we saw a man who had strangled his girlfriend in her parents' house, also in an access of jealousy.
- Either a solution has presented itself or I've had an access of strength and energy which has been enough to get me through.
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- 1Approach or enter (a place): single rooms have private facilities accessed via the balconyMore example sentences
- The private car park is accessed via remote controlled gates.
- The site is accessed via the Dunmore Road and is around two miles from the city centre.
- A signed diversion route will also be in place for drivers wanting to access the village via the A64.
- 2Obtain or retrieve (computer data or a file): information can be accessed from several files and displayed at the same timeMore example sentences
retrieve, gain, gain access to, acquire, obtain; read, examine
- The lack of protection means that e-mails and sensitive computer files can be accessed by hackers using little more than a laptop and an antenna.
- For example, today you can access Microsoft file servers with a Samba client.
- When the user accesses the file, online archiving retrieves that data twice as fast as it was compressed.