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compact disc

a type of compact disk developed to store and play back music. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for compact disc

compact disc

a small digital audio disc on which sound is recorded as a series of metallic pits enclosed in PVC; the disc is spun by the compact disc player and read by an optical laser system Also called compact audio disc Abbreviation CD, CAD
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compact disc in Science
compact disk or compact disc
A small optical disk on which data such as music, text, or graphic images is digitally encoded.
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compact disc in Technology
(CD) (Not "disk", this spelling is part of the standard).
A 4.72 inch disc developed by Sony and Philips that can store, on the same disc, still and/or moving images in monochrome and/or color; stereo or two separate sound tracks integrated with and/or separate from the images; and digital program and information files.
The same fabrication process is used to make both audio CDs and CD-ROMs for storing computer data, the only difference is in the device used to read the CD (the player or drive).
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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