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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op′tical char′acter recogni`tion(n.)

  1. the process or technology of reading printed or typed text by electronic means and converting it to digital data.

    Category: Computers

    Ref: Abbr.: OCR

Origin of optical character recognition:

1960–65

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  1. optical character recognition(Noun)

    The electronic identification and digital encoding of printed or handwritten characters by means of an optical scanner and specialized software.

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  1. Optical character recognition

    Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. It is widely used as a form of data entry from some sort of original paper data source, whether documents, sales receipts, mail, or any number of printed records. It is a common method of digitizing printed texts so that they can be electronically searched, stored more compactly, displayed on-line, and used in machine processes such as machine translation, text-to-speech and text mining. OCR is a field of research in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Early versions needed to be programmed with images of each character, and worked on one font at a time. "Intelligent" systems with a high degree of recognition accuracy for most fonts are now common. Some systems are capable of reproducing formatted output that closely approximates the original scanned page including images, columns and other non-textual components.

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