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

  • n. In programming, a classification identifying one of various types of data, as floating-point, integer, or Boolean, stating the possible values for that type, the operations that can be done on that type, and the way the values of that type are stored.
  • n. In databases or spreadsheets, a classification identifying one of various kinds of data, as a name, date, or dollar amount, found in a specific data field.

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  • n. a classification or category of various types of data, that states the possible values that can be taken, how they are stored, and what range of operations are allowed on them

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