Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A means of approaching, entering, exiting, communicating with, or making use of: a store with easy access.
  • n. The ability or right to approach, enter, exit, communicate with, or make use of: has access to the restricted area; has access to classified material.
  • n. Public access.
  • n. An increase by addition.
  • n. An outburst or onset: an access of rage.
  • transitive v. To obtain access to, especially by computer: used a browser to access a website; accessed her bank account online.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A way or means of approaching or entering; an entrance; a passage.
  • n. The act of approaching or entering; an advance.
  • n. The right or ability of approaching or entering; admittance; admission; accessibility.
  • n. The quality of being easy to approach or enter.
  • n. Admission to sexual intercourse.
  • n. An increase by addition; accession; as, an access of territory.
  • n. An onset, attack, or fit of disease; an ague fit.
  • n. An outburst of an emotion; a paroxysm; a fit of passion; as, an access of fury.
  • n. The right of a non-custodial parent to visit their child.
  • n. The process of locating data in memory.
  • n. Connection to or communication with a computer program or to the Internet.
  • v. To gain or obtain access to.
  • v. To have access to (data).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coming to, or near approach; admittance; admission; accessibility.
  • n. The means, place, or way by which a thing may be approached; passage way.
  • n. Admission to sexual intercourse.
  • n. Increase by something added; addition. [In this sense accession is more generally used.]
  • n. An onset, attack, or fit of disease.
  • n. A paroxysm; a fit of passion; an outburst.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coming to; near approach; admittance; admission: as, to gain access to a prince.
  • n. Means of approach or admission; way of entrance or passage to anything: as, the access is through a massive door or a long corridor, or by a neck of land.
  • n. Admission to sexual intercourse.
  • n. Addition; increase; accession.
  • n. The attack or return of a fit or paroxysm of disease, as of a fever; accession.
  • n. The approach of the priest to the altar for the purpose of celebrating the eucharist.
  • n. In canon law, a right to a certain benefice at some future time, now in abeyance through lack of required age or some other conditions: if in abeyance through actual possession of another, it is equivalent to the right of succession. See coadjutor.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, same as accession, 6.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
  • v. reach or gain access to
  • n. the right to enter
  • n. a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.)
  • n. the act of approaching or entering
  • n. the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)
  • n. a way of entering or leaving
  • n. (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information

Etymologies

Middle English acces, a coming to, from Old French, from Latin accessus, past participle of accēdere, to arrive : ad-, ad- + cēdere, to come; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Slide 15: "iPhone and the changed rules of the game for mobile internet" by Ulrika Steg, Product Manager Consumer markets, TeliaSonera Ulrika presented the impact from the Launch of the iPhone.  28\% more data traffic in their 3G network after 1 week, since 160\% more data traffic  Most iPhone users browse outside their portal (the way it should have been everywhere from day 1 when internet access was possible on a mobile phone!) vs. non-iPhone users  User cost control important  iPhone users feel they have internet in a pocket  80\% of buyers men under age 35 and half live in big cities (I think this also depends on the fact that in big cities you do have 3G coverage, I know a friend of mine living out in the country in northern Sweden and as he put it, \ "you have to climb up in a f\%\%\%ing tree to get phone access\") The good thing about the iPhone launch, it forced the mobile operators to start thinking about how to offer value priced \ "flat-fee like\" data plans.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

  • This year's capital investment continues TELUS 'longstanding commitment to providing Albertans with access to some of the world's best telecommunications technology, including the fastest and biggest wireless network that Albertans can access*. "

    Profectio

  • *The term access capitalist was first used in a 1993 New Republic piece by Michael Lewis that was one of the first serious critiques of Carlyle.

    House of Bush, House of Saud

  • Quoth I, ‘I will start and go to my house at once and suffer hard things for thy sake and contrive how thou mayst win access to him, for such access is difficult at this present.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • An access control technology that times out a lawfully made copy so that the lawful owner or lawful renter of that copy has to pay the copyright holder to gain access is the same as a technology allowing copyright holders to charge a toll to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.

    Boing Boing: January 12, 2003 - January 18, 2003 Archives

  • The "Big D" boasts the sweep and size of a blue-ribbon Western river, but walk-in access is limited-better to explore it by drift boat.

    CATSKILLS: Trout Capital

  • You can access the forums at one of two URLs: www. mexconnect.com/forums - in this case, you will NOT have the jump to first unread post feature - this access is the one that will now be used by google and other search engines to have information from the forums reflectedin their search results.

    jump to first unread post

  • Your article uses the word "access" three times to describe a woman's right to birth control.

    Obama Move Not Much of a Retreat

  • This access is an explicit part of our mission; as the national cultural center we believe we are obligated to serve all constituencies, including those who cannot afford a ticket.

    Michael Kaiser: Free Performances vs. Complimentary Tickets

  • This innovative approach to vaccine financing means that the world's poorest countries will have long-term access to these vaccines at affordable prices.

    The Difference a Year Can Make

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.