Definition of databank in English:


(also data bank)


  • A large repository of data on a particular topic, sometimes formed from more than one database, and accessible by many users.

    • ‘During further analysis of these cosmids, high throughput sequence databanks were periodically screened for homology to the unique sequences until unannotated files containing exact matches appeared.’
    • ‘A website is also being created and a CV databank compiled to encourage companies and firms to employ differently abled persons within new sectors like garments and IT.’
    • ‘The gathering and holding of personal information on computers, databanks and other devices, whether by public authorities or private individuals or bodies, must be regulated by law.’
    • ‘For the proteins studied in this paper, the MSAs were obtained from the HSSP database for those proteins present in the protein databank.’
    • ‘The creation of one ‘focal point’ database of individual records will provide an enabler for the linking of any number of pre-existing and nascent databanks, and we're seeking views on who gets to play with them, and how.’
    • ‘We'll have computers linked to databanks, we will be able to reproduce a street in a typical American city, and the viewers standing there can tap another button and find someone like them in the United States.’
    • ‘At the moment, DNA profiling can only be used to match DNA with the profiles of known, convicted criminals held on computer databanks.’
    • ‘Using data from five national databanks, researchers Arno, Memmott, and Levine calculated that 25.8 million Americans spend an average of 18 hours a week caring for ailing relatives.’
    • ‘More comprehensive detection programs that check students' papers against extensive databanks of original papers are available on the Internet.’
    • ‘As new exit-poll data has entered the VNS databank and the statisticians have updated their numbers, so too have my correspondents delivered the latest results to me.’
    • ‘In the very near future, if the expectations of some in the art business are met, customers will be able to go into their favorite art gallery and view a myriad array of artworks stored in databanks accessible via the Internet.’
    • ‘Neuroinformatics projects that serve as databanks or repositories implement a variety of procedures to improve data quality.’
    • ‘The billboards - in Palo Alto, Daly City and Fremont - will pick up which radio stations are being played and then instantly access a vast databank of information about the people who typically listen to those stations.’
    • ‘A team of young men worked on shifts feeding all the gathered data into a databank, which was constantly processed by the machine to identify special visitors who required special attention.’
    • ‘Last night, it emerged that on the same day as the raid, computer files belonging to the British consultant investigating the oil-for-food scandal were destroyed by hackers and a back-up databank in his Baghdad office wiped out.’
    • ‘Toronto-based information technology consultant Jesse Hirsh says that citizens in democratic nations do have a say, through their elected representatives, on the accuracy of the information stored on them in databanks.’
    • ‘With the new proposal of multi-national DNA databanks, this information could be accessed and cross-referenced globally.’
    • ‘Jane Vance looked on in surprise as the bookseller turned to an elderly laptop computer and entered search data into a databank program.’
    • ‘The prevalence of smoking in the databank is derived from clinical data and is substantially lower than the prevalence rate obtained by our research nurses, possibly because the women were more honest with the research nurses.’
    • ‘Though this device was small in size, it was programmed to be a very resourceful and efficient form of artificial-intelligence, carrying within its databanks a limitless amount of knowledge.’