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

  • n. The act or process of retrieving.
  • n. Computer Science The process of accessing information from memory or other storage devices.
  • n. The possibility of being retrieved or restored: lost possessions beyond retrieval.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of retrieving or something retrieved
  • n. the operation of accessing data, either from memory or from a storage device
  • n. the cognitive process of bringing stored information into consciousness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act retrieving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of retrieving; recovery; restoration.

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

  • n. the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
  • n. the cognitive operation of accessing information in memory
  • n. (computer science) the operation of accessing information from the computer's memory


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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