Definition of direct access in US English:

direct access

noun

  • The facility of retrieving data immediately from any part of a computer file, without having to read the file from the beginning.

    • ‘By writing data to a file in the filesystem created by the kernel module, the kernel module has direct access to it.’
    • ‘The primary common feature is a search box with direct access to the search engine's main database.’
    • ‘Also, there were issues related to fast search and direct access to full-text database.’
    • ‘Moving the memory controller into the CPU gives it direct access to main memory.’
    • ‘Not to be obstructionist, but are you sure you need direct access to the device file?’

Pronunciation

direct access

/dəˈrɛkt ˈˌækˌsɛs/