software

[ sawft-wair, soft- ]
/ ˈsɔftˌwɛər, ˈsɒft- /

noun

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

First recorded in 1955–60; soft + ware1
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British Dictionary definitions for software

software

/ (ˈsɒftˌwɛə) /

noun

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

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Science definitions for software

software

[ sôftwâr′ ]

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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Culture definitions for software

software

The programs and instructions that run a computer, as opposed to the actual physical machinery and devices that compose the hardware.


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