optical character recognition
- 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.
- noun a scanner which can ‘recognise’ text characters and save them as a text document.