What does information mean?

Definitions for information
ˌɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃənin·for·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. information, info(noun)

    a message received and understood

  2. information(noun)

    knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction

  3. information(noun)

    formal accusation of a crime

  4. data, information(noun)

    a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn

    "statistical data"

  5. information, selective information, entropy(noun)

    (communication theory) a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome

    "the signal contained thousands of bits of information"

GCIDE

  1. Information(n.)

    (Information Theory) A measure of the number of possible choices of messages contained in a symbol, signal, transmitted message, or other information-bearing object; it is usually quantified as the negative logarithm of the number of allowed symbols that could be contained in the message; for logarithms to the base 2, the measure corresponds to the unit of information, the hartley, which is log210, or 3.323 bits; called also information content. The smallest unit of information that can be contained or transmitted is the bit, corresponding to a yes-or-no decision.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. informatio representation, conception. See Inform, v. t.]

  2. Information(n.)

    (Computers) Useful facts, as contrasted with raw data; as, among all this data, there must be some interesting information.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. informatio representation, conception. See Inform, v. t.]

  3. Information(n.)

    Any fact or set of facts, knowledge, news, or advice, whether communicated by others or obtained by personal study and investigation; any datum that reduces uncertainty about the state of any part of the world; intelligence; knowledge derived from reading, observation, or instruction.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. informatio representation, conception. See Inform, v. t.]

Wiktionary

  1. information(Noun)

    Things that are or can be known about a given topic; communicable knowledge of something.

    I need some more information about this issue.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  2. information(Noun)

    The act of informing or imparting knowledge; notification.

    For your information, I did this because I wanted to.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  3. information(Noun)

    A statement of criminal activity brought before a judge or magistrate; in the UK, used to inform a magistrate of an offence and request a warrant; in the US, an accusation brought before a judge without a grand jury indictment.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  4. information(Noun)

    The act of informing against someone, passing on incriminating knowledge; accusation.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  5. information(Noun)

    The systematic imparting of knowledge; education, training.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  6. information(Noun)

    The creation of form; the imparting of a given quality or characteristic; forming, animation.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  7. information(Noun)

    Divine inspiration.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  8. information(Noun)

    Any unambiguous abstract data, the smallest possible unit being the bit.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  9. information(Noun)

    A service provided by telephone which provides listed telephone numbers of a subscriber.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

  10. information(Noun)

    As contrasted with data, knowledge which is gathered as a result of processing data.

    And as you can see in this slide, we then take the raw data and convert it into information.

    Etymology: From informacioun, enformation et al., informacion, enformacion et al. (French: information), and their source, informatio, from the participle stem of informare.

Wikipedia

  1. Information

    Information can be thought of as the resolution of uncertainty; it is that which answers the question of "what an entity is" and thus defines both its essence and nature of its characteristics. The concept of information has different meanings in different contexts. Thus the concept becomes related to notions of constraint, communication, control, data, form, education, knowledge, meaning, understanding, mental stimuli, pattern, perception, representation, and entropy. Information is associated with data, as data represents values attributed to parameters, and information is data in context and with meaning attached. Information also relates to knowledge, as knowledge signifies understanding of an abstract or concrete concept.In terms of communication, information is expressed either as the content of a message or through direct or indirect observation. That which is perceived can be construed as a message in its own right, and in that sense, information is always conveyed as the content of a message. Information can be encoded into various forms for transmission and interpretation (for example, information may be encoded into a sequence of signs, or transmitted via a signal). It can also be encrypted for safe storage and communication. The uncertainty of an event is measured by its probability of occurrence and is inversely proportional to that. The more uncertain an event, the more information is required to resolve uncertainty of that event. The bit is a typical unit of information, but other units such as the nat may be used. For example, the information encoded in one "fair" coin flip is log2(2/1) = 1 bit, and in two fair coin flips is log2(4/1) = 2 bits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Information(verb)

    the act of informing, or communicating knowledge or intelligence

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. informatio representation, conception. See Inform, v. t.]

  2. Information(verb)

    news, advice, or knowledge, communicated by others or obtained by personal study and investigation; intelligence; knowledge derived from reading, observation, or instruction

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. informatio representation, conception. See Inform, v. t.]

  3. Information(verb)

    a proceeding in the nature of a prosecution for some offens against the government, instituted and prosecuted, really or nominally, by some authorized public officer on behalt of the government. It differs from an indictment in criminal cases chiefly in not being based on the finding of a grand juri. See Indictment

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. informatio representation, conception. See Inform, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Information

    Information, in its general sense, is "Knowledge communicated or received concerning a particular fact or circumstance". Information cannot be predicted and resolves uncertainty. The uncertainty of an event is measured by its probability of occurrence and is inversely proportional to that. The more uncertain an event is more information is required to resolve uncertainty of that event. The amount of information is measured in bits. Example: information in one "fair" coin flip: log2 = 1 bit, and in two fair coin flips is log2 = 2 bits. Information, in its most restricted technical sense, is a sequence of symbols that can be interpreted as a message. Information can be recorded as signs, or transmitted as signals. Information is any kind of event that affects the state of a dynamic system. Conceptually, information is the message being conveyed. The meaning of this concept varies in different contexts. Moreover, the concept of information is closely related to notions of constraint, communication, control, data, form, instruction, knowledge, meaning, understanding, mental stimuli, pattern, perception, representation, and entropy.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. information

    1. Facts, data, or instructions in any medium or form. 2. The meaning that a human assigns to data by means of the known conventions used in their representation.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. information

    In admiralty courts, implies a clause introduced into a citation, intimating that in the event of a party cited not appearing, the court will proceed in his absence.

Editors Contribution

  1. information

    Communication or knowledge.

    The new information is easy to understand and contributes to the efficient achievement of the sustainable development goals.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'information' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #211

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'information' in Written Corpus Frequency: #449

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'information' in Nouns Frequency: #46

How to pronounce information?

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How to say information in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of information in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of information in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of information in a Sentence

  1. Jonah Samana:

    Under normal circumstances, spreading such information in Marsabit is a nightmare.

  2. Joseph Dunsmoor:

    We forget most of these details, but these new findings suggest that meaningful or emotional events can selectively preserve memory for previously encountered information that seemed insignificant at the time.

  3. Jeff Miller:

    I think certainly, based on Dr. McKee's research, there's a link, because she's found CTE in a number of retired football players, i think the broader point ... is what that necessarily means and where do we go from here with that information.

  4. The Iraqi Ambassador to Belgium:

    Apart from the evidence which was in the Iraqi (files) which led to his indictment, there were other authorities that had information about him, not only the Iraqi government, that shows he was very involved with the Al Qaeda organization and that was proven by other parties.

  5. Francesco Motta:

    We have a lot of information on the recruitment of children, children as young as nine, to train them sometimes to use them as suicide operatives in their operations, but also forcing them to give blood and also take armed combat roles in other parts where conflict is taking place.

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