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CD-ROM

[see-dee-rom]
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noun
  1. a compact disk on which a large amount of digitized read-only data can be stored.
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Origin of CD-ROM

c(ompact) d(isk) r(ead-)o(nly) m(emory)
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British Dictionary definitions for cd-rom

CD-ROM

noun
  1. compact disc read-only memory; a compact disc used with a computer system as a read-only optical disk
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Word Origin and History for cd-rom

CD-ROM

1983, in computer jargon; also cd-rom; from compact disc read-only memory.

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cd-rom in Science

CD-ROM

[sēdē′rŏm]
  1. A compact disk containing permanently stored data that cannot be altered.
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cd-rom in Culture

CD-ROM

An acronym for compact disc-read only memory. Commonly known as CDs, these plastic discs hold information that can be read by laser. (Compare magnetic tape.)

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