Definitions for "Structured query language"
(SQL) An industry-standard language for creating, updating and querying relational database management systems.
A non-proprietary method for querying and retrieving data from a relational database. The industry standard for SQL is ANSI Standard SQL. Vendors may add extensions to the SQL language for their proprietary databases. A sample SQL statement is: SELECT CUSTOMER, ADDRESS, PHONE_NUMBER FROM CLIENT_DATA WHERE LAST_NAME="SMITH" ORDER BY FIRST_NAME.
An IBM-developed query language widely used in mainframe and minicomputer systems.