software

noun
soft·​ware | \ ˈsȯft-ˌwer How to pronounce software (audio) \

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
c : materials for use with audiovisual equipment … television programs, music, and movies are now called software, by the way …— Robert Bixby

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Three months ago, a corporate representative called her to book a last-minute gig for an event, hosted by a software company at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Emma Goldberg, Glamour, "A Penny for Her Thoughts? Women in the Gig Economy Struggle to Get Paid," 16 Apr. 2019 Muilenburg maintains that a software update that will rectify the MCAS issue will be ready within the coming weeks. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Takes Responsibility For Both 737 Max 8 Crashes and Apologizes," 4 Apr. 2019 Perhaps in the time between that review and our review, a software update fixed the previous problem, or perhaps the problem was specific to my review unit or CNET's review unit, rather than general. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 An unknown software engineer created a news aggregation app powered by artificial intelligence. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: With the SEC off his back, Elon Musk can return his focus to Tesla," 1 Oct. 2018 The board also invested in a new visitor management system — one that has been developed by a lifelong Miami software engineer. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 To develop the machine-intelligence component, Brava's software engineers loaded up gobs of food photos; in this case, pictures of toasted bread. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018 Who knew the software engineer from San Francisco had such skills? Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 Tesla hints at this with its software update, which consists of changes to the battery charge and thermal management protocols for the Model S and X (the Model 3's newer battery doesn't require the changes, apparently). Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Tesla Fires Spur Software Update, but Here's Why You Needn't Panic," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of software

1958, in the meaning defined above

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software

noun

English Language Learners Definition of software

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

software

noun
soft·​ware | \ ˈsȯft-ˌwer How to pronounce software (audio) \

Kids Definition of software

: the programs and related information used by a computer

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