from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fact or proposition used to draw a conclusion or make a decision. See Usage Note at data.
- n. A point, line, or surface used as a reference, as in surveying, mapping, or geology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A measurement of something on a scale understood by both the recorder (a person or device) and the reader (another person or device). The scale is arbitrarily defined, such as from 1 to 10 by ones, 1 to 100 by 0.1, or simply true or false, on or off, yes, no, or maybe, etc.
- n. (philosophy) A fact known from direct observation.
- n. (philosophy) A premise from which conclusions are drawn.
- n. (cartography, engineering) A fixed reference point.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Something given or admitted; a fact or principle granted; that upon which an inference or an argument is based; -- used chiefly in the plural.
- n. a single piece of information; a fact; especially a piece of information obtained by observation or experiment; -- used mostly in the plural.
- n. The quantities or relations which are assumed to be given in any problem.
- n. a point, line, or level surface used as a reference in measuring elevations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fact given; originally, one of the quantities stated, or one of the geometrical figures supposed constructed, in a mathematical problem, and from which the required magnitude or figure is to be determined.
- n. A fact either indubitably known or treated as such for the purposes of a particular discussion; a premise.
- n. A position of reference, by which other positions are defined.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an item of factual information derived from measurement or research
Latin, something given, from neuter past participle of dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin datum. (Wiktionary)