soft·​ware ˈsȯft-ˌwer How to pronounce software (audio)
: something used or associated with and usually contrasted with hardware: such as
: programs for a computer
accounting software
dated : the entire set of programs, procedures, and related documentation associated with a mechanical or electronic system and especially a computer system
: materials for use with audiovisual equipment
… television programs, music, and movies are now called software, by the way …Robert Bixby

Examples of software in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This article was generated by the Kansas City Star Bot, artificial intelligence software that analyzes structured information from TomTom and applies it to templates created by journalists in the newsroom. Kansas City Star Bot, Kansas City Star, 4 July 2024 The majority of those lawsuits — which, bar one, have been filed in Illinois — were brought by people who had either worked for or used the services of one of the almost 15,000 car dealerships across North America that use CDK’s software. William Gavin, Quartz, 2 July 2024 Project Baltimore recently spoke with a parent in Anne Arundel County who said the same software was used to accuse her daughter of cheating. Chris Papst, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2024 As a result, the company has pledged to checking hoses on all production Jesko models and is working on a software update that will be able to detect such leaks in the future. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for software 

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of software was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Software.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


soft·​ware ˈsȯf-ˌtwa(ə)r How to pronounce software (audio)
: the programs and related information used by a computer
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