operating system

noun
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of operating system

: software that controls the operation of a computer and directs the processing of programs (as by assigning storage space in memory and controlling input and output functions)

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First Known Use of operating system

1961

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OPERATING SYSTEM Defined for English Language Learners

operating system

Definition of operating system for English Language Learners

  • computers : the main program in a computer that controls the way the computer works and makes it possible for other programs to function


OPERATING SYSTEM Defined for Kids

operating system

noun

Definition of operating system for Students

: a program or series of programs that controls the operation of a computer and directs the processing of the user's programs


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