: a CD containing computer data that cannot be altered

Examples of CD-ROM in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Court documents show that the coast guard captain gave authorities a CD-ROM containing video recordings, but the source of the recordings is unclear, and they have not been made public. Karam Shoumali, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2023 Bettmann/Getty Images Users also benefited from the rise of CD-ROM and DVD-ROM media, which provided space for more detailed textures, more terrain data, and quicker data-transfer speeds. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Feb. 2023

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Word History


compact disc read-only memory

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of CD-ROM was in 1983

Dictionary Entries Near CD-ROM

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“CD-ROM.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/CD-ROM. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a CD containing computer data that cannot be altered

compact disc read-only memory

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