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query language[′kwir·ē ‚laŋ·gwij]
A generalized computer language that is used to interrogate a data base.
query languageA language that allows a user to select records from a database. It may be in the form of typed commands such as the widely used SQL language, a predefined query menu or a query by example (QBE). Query languages are usually included in DBMSs, and stand-alone packages are available for interrogating non-DBMS files. See SQL, query by example and query program.