noun, often attributive \-ˌtas-kiŋ\

: the ability to do several things at the same time

Full Definition of MULTITASKING

:  the concurrent performance of several jobs by a computer
:  the performance of multiple tasks at one time
mul·ti·task \-ˌtask\ intransitive verb
mul·ti·task·er \-ˌtas-kər\ noun


  1. The job requires someone who is good at multitasking.

First Known Use of MULTITASKING


Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mode of computer operation in which the computer works on multiple tasks at the same time. A task is a computer program (or part of a program) that can be run as a separate entity. On a single-processor system, the CPU can perform preemptive (also called time slicing or time sharing) multitasking, where it executes part of one program, then switches to another program, and then returns to the first one. On multiprocessing systems, each processor can handle a separate task.


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