Data is information such as facts and numbers used to analyze something or make decisions. Computer data is information in a form that can be processed by a computer.

Data is the plural of Latin datum "something given." In scientific use, the word data is often considered to be a plural noun meaning "pieces of information": The data are reliable. But most people think of data as a mass noun meaning "information" and use the word with a singular verb and pronoun: The data is reliable because it was tested by experts.

Definitions of data

n a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn

“statistical data
accounting data
all the data (ledgers and journals and spreadsheets) that support a financial statement; can be hard copy or machine readable
data about data
raw data
unanalyzed data; data not yet subjected to analysis
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

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