compact disc


a type of compact disk developed to store and play back music.

Nearby words

  1. comp.,
  2. comp. gen.,
  3. compact,
  4. compact bone,
  5. compact camera,
  6. compact disc erasable,
  7. compact disc player,
  8. compact disc recordable,
  9. compact disk,
  10. compact disk player Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for compact disc

compact disc

/ (ˈkɒmpækt) /


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 systemAlso called: compact audio disc Abbreviation: CD, CAD
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Science definitions for compact disc

compact disk

compact disc (kŏmpăkt′)

A small optical disk on which data such as music, text, or graphic images is digitally encoded.
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