software

noun soft·ware \ ˈsȯft-ˌwer \
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of software

: something used or associated with and usually contrasted with hardware: such as
a : programs for a computer
  • accounting software
b dated : the entire set of programs, procedures, and related documentation associated with a mechanical or electronic system and especially a computer system
b : materials for use with audiovisual equipment
  • … television programs, music, and movies are now called software, by the way …
  • —Robert Bixby

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First Known Use of software

1958

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SOFTWARE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of software for English Language Learners

  • : the programs that run on a computer and perform certain functions


SOFTWARE Defined for Kids

software

noun soft·ware \ ˈsȯft-ˌwer \

Definition of software for Students

: the programs and related information used by a computer


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