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access

[′ak‚ses]
(civil engineering)
Freedom, ability, or the legal right to pass without obstruction from a given point on earth to some other objective, such as the sea or a public highway.
(computer science)
The reading of data from storage or the writing of data into storage.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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(to post-compulsory education) the process of facilitating entry to formal learning for ‘non-traditional’ students (e.g. CLASS, ETHNIC GROUP, AGE GROUP and disability). Theoretically, entry may be hindered in various ways including economically, culturally and institutionally In practice, however, potential entrants may be confronted by a combination of these obstacles. Access researchers are particularly concerned with resisting and criticizing the application of‘deficit’ models to potential entrants. In attempting to explain instances of under- or non-participation such models sometimes ignore wider socio-economic and cultural factors and will look to the individual, claiming, for example, that ‘low aspirations’ are decisive and can be acted on directly See also ACCESS COURSES.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000

access

A means of approach, e.g., a road, street, or walk.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Access

(language)
An English-like query language used in the Pick operating system.

Access

(database, product)
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access

(1) To store data on and retrieve data from a disk or other peripheral device. See access arm, access method and Microsoft Access.

(2) The entrance to the Internet or other online service or network.

(3) In computer security, the opportunity for use of a resource. See logical access and physical access.
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