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The word data means "known facts". Data especially refers to numbers, but can mean words, sounds, and images.

Technically, data is a plural word: but the singular datum is rarely used. So data often gets used as if it were a singular word. But we say "data are", not "data is".

'Data' is also used in the name of some characters:

  • Data (Star Trek), a fictional android in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Data, a character in the movie The Goonies, played by actor Ke Huy Quan