Input (glossary)

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When used as a noun:

(1) Data received from an external source. (ISO/IEC 2009)
(2) Pertaining to a device, process, or channel involved in receiving data from an external source. (ISO/IEC 2009)
(3) In an IDEF0 model, that which is transformed by a function into output. (ISO/IEC 2009)
(4) Any item, whether internal or external to the project that is required by a process before that process proceeds. (ISO/IEC 2009)
(5) Data entered into an information processing system or any of its parts for storage or processing. (ISO/IEC 2009)

When used as a verb:

(6) The process of entering data into an information processing system or any of its parts for storage or processing. (ISO/IEC 2009)
(7) To receive data from an external source; (ISO/IEC 2009)
(8) To provide data from an external source. (ISO/IEC 2009)


(1) - (8) ISO/IEC. 2009. Systems and Software Engineering Vocabulary (SEVocab) - ISO/IEC 24765. in International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) [database online]. Geneva, Switzerland, 2009 [cited December 21 2009]. Accessed on 11 September 2012. Available from



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