operating system


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)

Examples of operating system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Immersive view will be available in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo later this year, on all mobile devices using Google's Android operating system. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 11 May 2022 Android operating system allows apps to be downloaded outside its app store, the vast majority of people use the official Google app store. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 The sanctions stripped Huawei of the ability to use Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG 0.64% Android operating system. Tim Higgins, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 The infotainment system uses Stellantis’ latest Uconnect 5 interface and the Android operating system. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2022 Google, the company that maintains the Android operating system, is refocusing its efforts on tablets again. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 9 Feb. 2022 Google bought Android in 2005, and in November 2007, unveiled the Android operating system. Ben Zigterman, BGR, 4 Feb. 2022 The free app is for the Android operating system and can be downloaded from the Google Play store. Judy Stone, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 BlackBerry phones using the Android operating system will continue to operate, but the company will no longer update the platform or related services. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of operating system

1961, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Operating system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operating%20system. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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: 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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