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Data - What is the other meaning of data?


The term 'data' is a plural form of the Latin noun 'datum', which means 'something given'. In modern English, 'data' is used both as a plural noun, implying 'facts or pieces of information', and as a singular mass noun, implying 'information'. For instance, 'These data are described more fully elsewhere' and 'Not much data is available on flood...'