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(also data base), n. ~ 1. Computing · Information that is accessed and updated through software (a database management system) that has been organized, structured, and stored so that it can be manipulated and extracted for various purposes. - 2. Colloquialism · Any collection of information, automated or not, without regard to how it is accessed or stored.


Database1 connotes computer-based information that is typically atomized into fields, records, and tables. Databases may be designed to conform with data structure standards and best practices to facilitate the interchange of information. Information may be entered into a database in accordance with data content standards or data value standards to increase consistency and quality.