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Definition of Data File

(noun) A set of related records.

Example of Data File

Data File Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈdædə faɪl/
      • /ˈdeɪdə faɪl/
    • British English
      • /ˈdeɪtə fʌɪl/
      • /ˈdɑːtə fʌɪl/
  • Syllabification: (da·ta file)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: data files
  • A data file can be electronic or written.
  • Variant spellings:
    • data-file
    • datafile

Additional Information

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Cite the Definition of Data File

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “data file.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 18, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/data-file/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

data file. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/data-file/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “data file.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/data-file/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“data file.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/data-file/>.