[ free-wair ]
/ ˈfriˌwɛər /
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computer software distributed without charge.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of freeware
First recorded in 1980–85
Words nearby freeware
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British Dictionary definitions for freeware
/ (ˈfriːˌwɛə) /
computer software that may be distributed and used without payment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for freeware
[ frē′wâr′ ]
Software that is available to users for free. Freeware is often made available for downloading over the Internet.
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