compact disk


an optical disk approximately 4.75 inches (12 cm) in diameter, on which a program, data, music, etc., is digitally encoded for a laser beam to scan, decode, and transmit to a playback system, computer monitor, or television set. Abbreviation: CD

Nearby words

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

Science definitions for compact disk

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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