software meaning

[ 'sɔftwɛə ] Pronunciation:   "software" in a sentence
  • Noun: software  'sóft`wehr
    1. (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory
      "the market for software is expected to expand"
      - software program, computer software, software system, software package, package

    Derived forms: softwares

    Type of: code, computer code

    Antonym: hardware

    Encyclopedia: Software

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun [U]


    (IT )

    the programs, etc. used to operate a computer:

    a marketing-and-sales software package

    Will the software run on my machine?

    designing software applications for business


    accounting/business/financial/investment software

    ◆ to design/develop/write software

    ◆ to download/install/load/run/use (a piece of) software

    ◆ a software company/developer/firm

  • [Electronics]
    1. Vendor-supplied or user-generated programs or groups of programs for a computer
    or computer system.
    2. The detailed instructions for performing a particular operation with a calculator or a computer.

  • [Law]
    n. Computer programs, which are protected by copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. EU Directive 91/250on the legal protection of computer programs provides that all member states must protect computer programs by copyright law. The directive also provides a right to make back-up copies of software and a very limited decompilation right. A right to repair is also included, unless a software licence prohibits this. The UK implemented the directive by the Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992.

  • [Medicine]
    Sequential operating instructions for a particular problem or function to be run on a digital computer.


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  1. we deal in hardware but not software.
  2. her talk ran on developments in computer software.
  3. the software enforcement of priorities has been described above.
  4. not everyone enjoys writing the software required for keyboard encoding.
  5. future computer development depends in large part upon software.

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