spool·​er ˈspü-lər How to pronounce spooler (audio)
: a computer utility that regulates data flow by receiving data (as from a word processor), queuing the data in a buffer, and then transmitting it (as to a printer) with increased efficiency

Examples of spooler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stashing the spooler out of the way reduces clutter and protects the spooler from damage. Ric Burnley, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 Bigger jobs and bigger reels require the best fishing line spooler. Ric Burnley, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 The recent Microsoft Print spooler vulnerability is just one example of this. Haim Glickman, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 The threat, colloquially known as PrintNightmare, stems from bugs in the Windows print spooler, which provides printing functionality inside local networks. Dan Goodin, Wired, 8 July 2021 The vulnerability was the result of the print spooler allowing an attacker to write arbitrary data to any file on a computer with system privileges. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spooler was in 1971

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“Spooler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spooler. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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