- Computers. the programs used to direct the operation of a computer, as well as documentation giving instructions on how to use them.Compare hardware(def 5).
- anything that is not hardware but is used with hardware, especially audiovisual materials, as film, tapes, records, etc.: a studio fully equipped but lacking software.
- Television Slang. prepackaged materials, as movies or reruns, used to fill out the major part of a station's program schedule.
Origin of software
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Examples from the Web for software
“The U.S. Navy will attain IOC [initial operational capability] in 2018 with 3F software,” DellaVedova wrote.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
Now it can't open on my phone due to what appears to be software incompatibility.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
But the F-35 has been plagued with massive delays and cost overruns—mostly due to design defects and software issues.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
The income of a software engineering intern at Facebook is comparable, with monthly incomes of over $6,500.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
“It is impossible by elections to choose normal people,” argues Yoram Gat, an Israeli software engineer with a PhD in statistics.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
Today, the term machine is evocative of software rather than hardware.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Hardware was there, like hammers and planes; and software, like sugar and meal.Fighting the Sea
Edward A. Rand
Software advances will be even more critical for Rapid Dominance.Shock and Awe
Harlan K. Ullman
The discussion in this book can be combined with his Mathematica software, available on that site.Definition & Reality in the General Theory of Political Economy
Depending on the hard- and software used and their settings, not all characters and symbols may display as intended.Alchemy: Ancient and Modern
H. Stanley Redgrove
- computing the programs that can be used with a particular computer systemCompare hardware (def. 2)
- video cassettes and discs for use with a particular video system
Word Origin and History for software
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The programs, programming languages, and data that direct the operations of a computer system. Word processing programs and Internet browsers are examples of software. Compare hardware.
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