optical disk

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noun Computers, Television.
  1. Also optical disc. Also called laser disk. a grooveless disk on which digital data, as text, music, or pictures, is stored as tiny pits in the surface and is read or replayed by a laser beam scanning the surface.
  2. videodisk.
Compare compact disk.
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British Dictionary definitions for optical disc

optical disc

noun
  1. computing an inflexible disc on which information is stored in digital form by laser technologyAlso called: video disc
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optical disc in Science

optical disk

optical disc
  1. A plastic-coated disk that stores digital data, such as music or text, as tiny pits on its surface. The disc is rotated rapidly, and a laser is reflected off the disc to an optical sensor, which is sampled periodically. If the laser strikes the flat area between pits, the sensor picks up the reflection and registers the digital value 1. If the laser strikes one of the pits, it is deflected from the sensor, and the sample value is a digital 0.
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