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n. ~ 1. A means to retrieve information without the need for an intermediary finding aid or index. - 2. Computing · The ability to enter or extract information from the equipment or media that stores data through physical access, as opposed to remote access via a network. - 3. Computing · The ability to enter or retrieve data from storage media by means of an address, rather than by sequential access to all preceding data; also called random access.