firm·​ware | \ ˈfərm-ˌwer How to pronounce firmware (audio) \

Definition of firmware

: computer programs contained permanently in a hardware device (such as a read-only memory)

Examples of firmware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examining the machines' firmware is generally a way to analyze the system vulnerabilities by looking where the holes in security are, Halderman said. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2021 Security researchers recently discovered five high-severity flaws in Dell’s firmware update driver—and they’ve been pushed to customer computers ever since 2009. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, 5 May 2021 The Soundcore app can also be used to update the Life Q35’s firmware and has customizable EQ profiles so the sound can be tailored to the listener’s preferences. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Update the firmware and enable auto-updates if available. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 29 May 2021 The motor controller firmware may not prevent the vehicle from exceeding 25 mph. Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 The password and security tokens the Senate wants provides access to Dominion Voting Systems' proprietary firmware and source code. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2021 On Tuesday, security research firm SentinelLabs reported on a vulnerability in Dell’s firmware update driver impacting hundreds of the brand’s devices, from desktops to laptops to tablets. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 5 May 2021 Once received, users will need to update their AVR’s firmware to complete the process. John Archer, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of firmware

1967, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Firmware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of firmware

computers : computer programs that are contained permanently in a device

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