What Does OCR Mean?

OCR means "Optical Character Recognition." OCR refers to the mechanical or electronic recognition of printed or written text and its conversion into code for data processing.

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When I write OCR, I mean this:

meaning of OCR

OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is the conversion of printed text into the useable code.

Summary of Key Points

"Optical Character Recognition" is the most common definition for OCR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Optical Character Recognition
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of OCR in Sentences

Here is an example of OCR being used in a conversation:
  • Tony: The OCR can convert the text in the magazine for the website.
  • Jordan: Excellent! It saves me typing it!

An Academic Look at OCR

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Oh Cee Ar"), OCR is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of OCR Used in a Text


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