data (also treated as sing., as in that is all the data we have, although the singular form is strictly datum)
1 known facts or things used as a basis for inference or reckoning.
2 quantities or characters operated on by a computer etc.
Phrases and idioms:
data bank
1 a store or source of data.
2 = DATABASE. data capture the action or process of entering data into a computer. data processing a series of operations on data, esp. by a computer, to retrieve or classify etc. information. data processor a machine, esp. a computer, that carries out data processing. data protection legal control over access to data stored in computers.
Etymology: pl. of DATUM

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data AW [ˈdeɪtə] [ˈdeɪtə] [ˈdɑːtə] [ˈdætə] noun
(used as a plural noun in technical English, when the singular is datum)
1. uncountable, plural facts or information, especially when examined and used to find out things or to make decisions

This data was collected from 69 countries.

the analysis/interpretation of the data

raw data

(= that has not been analysed)

demographical/historical/personal data


These data show that most cancers are detected as a result of clinical follow-up.

2. uncountable information that is stored by a computer

data retrieval

(= ways of storing or finding information on a computer)
Word Origin:
mid 17th cent. (as a term in philosophy): from Latin, plural of datum.  
data [data] noun U

This computer holds data on all customer accounts.

informationfiguresdetailsfactsmaterialintelligencestatistics|informal infostats|formal particulars
data/information/figures/material/intelligence/statistics/info/stats on sb/sth
hard data/information/figures/facts/intelligence
have/provide data/information/figures/details/facts/material/intelligence/statistucs/info/stats/particulars
collect/gather data/information/figures/details/facts/material/intelligence/statistics/info/statistics
formulate/advance a theory/hypothesis
build/construct/create/develop a simple/theoretical/mathematical model
develop/establish/provide/use a theoretical/conceptual framework
advance/argue/develop the thesis that…
explore an idea/a concept/a hypothesis
make a prediction/an inference
base a prediction/your calculations on sth
investigate/evaluate/accept/challenge/reject a theory/hypothesis/model
design an experiment/a questionnaire/a study/a test
do research/an experiment/an analysis
make observations/measurements/calculations
carry out/conduct/perform an experiment/a test/a longitudinal study/observations/clinical trials
run an experiment/a simulation/clinical trials
repeat an experiment/a test/an analysis
replicate a study/the results/the findings
observe/study/examine/investigate/assess a pattern/a process/a behaviour/(especially US) a behavior
fund/support the research/project/study
seek/provide/get/secure funding for research
collect/gather/extract data/information
yield data/evidence/similar findings/the same results
analyse/examine the data/soil samples/a specimen
consider/compare/interpret the results/findings
fit the data/model
confirm/support/verify a prediction/a hypothesis/the results/the findings
prove a conjecture/hypothesis/theorem
draw/make/reach the same conclusions
read/review the records/literature
describe/report an experiment/a study
present/publish/summarize the results/findings
present/publish/read/review/cite a paper in a scientific journal
Example Bank:

Although we were using the same set of data, we obtained different results.

Data about patients is only released with their permission.

Data indicates that most crime is committed by young males.

My aim is to synthesize data from all the surveys.

One vital item of data was missing from the table.

Special software is needed to manipulate the mass of data.

The computer can manipulate massive amounts of data.

The data derived from this project has increased our knowledge of how genes work.

The fuller data set for this period permits a much more detailed analysis.

The government departments refused to provide the data that we required.

The next step is to feed in all this data.

There is no hard data to support these theories.

These demands could breach EU data-protection laws.

They are not allowed to hold data on people's private finances.

This data reflects the magnitude of the problem.

This theory seems to fit the available data.

We have amassed a large amount of raw data for analysis.

We have amassed the raw data and are about to begin analysing it.

We have found some very interesting things in the data.

We have no data for southern Mexico.

We need to collect more data before we can do any more work.

Weather conditions have made accurate data collection difficult.

data on the effects of pollution

The computer can manipulate huge amounts of data almost instantaneously.

The data was collected from 67 countries.

The historical data is incomplete.

There is very little reliable data available.

These data were collected over a period of several months.

They are testing some new data capture software.

They do not have any data for southern Spain.

This is just raw data.

What methods are you using to interpret the data?

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pl. of datum, q.v.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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