Definition of big data in English:

big data


  • [mass noun] Extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions:

    ‘much IT investment is going towards managing and maintaining big data’
    • ‘Businesses will harness on-demand supercomputers for analysing growing volumes of big data.’
    • ‘The presentation will provide attendees with insight on how big data is being used to improve and personalize the shopping experience.’
    • ‘Many of the tools are designed for handling big data and incorporate capabilities such as in-memory databases, NoSQL support, data visualization, associative searches, and natural language processing.’
    • ‘Open-source source platforms for big data have exploded in popularity.’
    • ‘Massachusetts is home to more than 100 companies that focus on big data.’