Definition of random access in English:

random access

noun

Computing
  • The process of transferring information to or from memory in which every memory location can be accessed directly rather than being accessed in a fixed sequence.

    [as modifier] ‘random-access programming’
    • ‘Micron was seeking control of the supply of dynamic random-access chips, the main memory in personal computers, after five consecutive quarters of losses tied to volatile prices.’
    • ‘The spot price of a 256-megabit, 266-megahertz double-data-rate dynamic random-access memory chip stood at US $2.95 on Tuesday, less than half their price at the start of the year.’
    • ‘But 20 minutes before liftoff, a problem was detected that may involve the recorder's random-access memory, which stores data short-term, Tanner said.’
    • ‘The point is that, although the design encourages you to treat flash disks as random-access devices, their wear characteristics are more like those of sequential media, such as magnetic tape.’
    • ‘Most systems come with 256 megabytes of random-access memory, but doubling that, to 512 MB, is more than worth the $50 or so that it will cost.’

Pronunciation:

random access

/ˈrændəm ˈækˌsɛs/