1. The act of informing, or communicating knowledge or intelligence.
The active informations of the intellect. --South.
2. Any fact or set of facts, knowledge, news, or advice, whether communicated by others or obtained by personal study and investigation; any datum that reduces uncertainty about the state of any part of the world; intelligence; knowledge derived from reading, observation, or instruction.
Larger opportunities of information. --Rogers.
He should get some information in the subject he intends to handle. --Swift.
3. Law A proceeding in the nature of a prosecution for some offense against the government, instituted and prosecuted, really or nominally, by some authorized public officer on behalf of the government. It differs from an indictment in criminal cases chiefly in not being based on the finding of a grand jury. See Indictment.
n 1: a message received and understood [syn: info]
2: a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn;
"statistical data" [syn: data]
3: knowledge acquired through study or experience or
4: (communication theory) a numerical measure of the
uncertainty of an outcome; "the signal contained thousands
of bits of information" [syn: selective information, entropy]
5: formal accusation of a crime