firmware

[ furm-wair ]
/ ˈfɜrmˌwɛər /
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noun Computers.

a microprogram stored in ROM, designed to implement a function that had previously been provided in software.

Nearby words

  1. firmament,
  2. firmamental,
  3. firman,
  4. firmer chisel,
  5. firmer gouge,
  6. firn,
  7. firn line,
  8. firnification,
  9. firozabad,
  10. firry

Origin of firmware

First recorded in 1965–70; firm1 + (soft)ware

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Examples from the Web for firmware

  • Just flash the firmware on a ten-dollar Radio Shack reader/writer and you're done.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for firmware

firmware

/ (ˈfɜːmˌwɛə) /

noun

computing a fixed form of software programmed into a read-only memory
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Word Origin and History for firmware

firmware

n.

1968, from firm (adj.) + ending from software.

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