optical character recognition
- noun a process that allows characters to be recognised optically and converted into machine-readable code that can be input into a computer, using an optical character reader.
- The ability of a computer or other device to identify optically scanned printed or written characters, and to convert this information into a digital code suitable for further processing. Used, for instance, to scan volumes of books which will subsequently become available online. Its abbreviation is OCR. Also called optical character reading.
- synonym optical character reading
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