optical character recognition


General Science


  • 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.
  • synonymoptical character reading

Information & Library Science

  • noun a technique for machine reading which uses special forms of type.

Media Studies

  • noun a scanner which can ‘recognise’ text characters and save them as a text document.