read-only

adjective

computers
: capable of being viewed but not of being changed or deleted
a read-only file/document

Examples of read-only in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In real-world terms, that means Instagram and Facebook users won’t be able to start new conversations or calls with each other via the Messenger apps—and any existing cross-platform chats will become read-only, preventing users from sending or receiving additional messages. Chris Morris, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2023 Existing conversations will go into read-only mode. Jon Porter, The Verge, 5 Dec. 2023 Because the chip's read-only memory, or ROM, is built into the layout of its physical wiring for better efficiency, Unciphered's visual model gave it a head start toward deciphering much of the logic of the IronKey's cryptographic algorithm. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 24 Oct. 2023 The 68000 microprocessor, which has exclusive access to the read-only memory of the Macintosh, fetches commands from ROM at full speed—.83 megahertz. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 Then there’s the storage memory for your files—software programs, documents, photos, videos, and music—called ROM (read-only memory). Stewart Wolpin, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2023 However, according to a post in r/software, which is read-only in protest of Reddit, those apps do not have full moderator functionality. Jay Peters, The Verge, 23 June 2023 Unfortunately, the static, read-only nature of Web 1.0 websites didn’t provide much scope to innovate or break the mold. Lucas Persona, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 The lawyers proposed several sites to help prepare his defense, including YouTube, read-only websites showing crypto prices, and research websites. Kara Scannell, CNN, 4 Mar. 2023

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“Read-only.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/read-only. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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