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[muhl-tee-proh-gram-ing, -gruh-ming, muhl-tahy-]
noun Computers.
  1. the overlapped or interleaved execution of two or more programs by a single CPU.
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Origin of multiprogramming

First recorded in 1955–60; multi- + program + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for multiprogramming

Historical Examples of multiprogramming

  • Multiprogramming software is necessary in order to utilize this available time.

    On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969

    H. W. Fulbright et al.

  • Most remote computers operate on a multiprogramming basis, hence prompt interrupts are not available.

British Dictionary definitions for multiprogramming


  1. a time-sharing technique by which several computer programs are each run for a short period in rotation
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