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Data

Data

WordNet



noun


(1)   A collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
"Statistical data"
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Etymology


From data, plural of datum (‘that is given’), neuter past participle of dare (‘to give’).

Noun



data
  1. : pieces of information.
  2. information.
  3. A collection of object-units that are distinct from one another.

Usage notes

  • Colloquially, this word is often used as an uncountable noun with a singular verb.
  • In formal or scientific writing, this word is usually a plural noun, with singular datum.
  • When considered a plural noun, proper grammar dictates the use of a countable determiner; "How many data were collected?"
  • When considered an uncountable or mass noun, an uncountable determiner is used; "How much data was collected?"

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