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feedback Tweet Definition of feedback Like Definition of feedback on Facebook
  1. Critical assessment on information produced
After you hand in your essays, I will give both grades and .
  1. (systems) The signal that is looped back to control a system within itself.
  2. The high-pitched howling noise heard when there's a loop between a microphone and aspeaker.
file Tweet Definition of file Like Definition of file on Facebook
  1. A collection of papers collated and archived together.
  2. In computers, an aggregation of data on a storage device.
verb (fil, ing)
  1. (transitive) To commit official papers to some office
  2. (transitive) To place in an archive in a logical place and order
  3. (transitive) To store a file (1) on a storage medium such as a disc or another computer.
filename Tweet Definition of filename Like Definition of filename on Facebook
noun or file name
  1. (computing): The name assigned to a collection of records (i.e. lines) within a filesystem.
firmware Tweet Definition of firmware Like Definition of firmware on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. Something in-between hardware and software. Like software, it is created from source code, but it is closely tied to the hardware it runs on.
  2. Software for embedded computers.
flag Tweet Definition of flag Like Definition of flag on Facebook
  1. A piece of cloth, often decorated with an emblem, used as a visual signal or symbol.
  2. (context, nautical) A flag flown by a ship to show the presence on board of the admiral; the admiral himself, or his flagship.
  3. The use of a flag, especially to indicate the start of a race or other event.
  4. (context, computer science) A variable or memory location that stores a true-or-false, yes-or-no value, typically either recording the fact that a certain event has occurred or requesting that a certain optional action take place.
  5. (context, computer science) In a CLI, command line interface, a notation requesting optional behavior or otherwise modifying the action of the command being invoked.
verb (flag, g, ing)
  1. To mark with a flag, especially to indicate the importance of
  2. (often with down) To signal to, especially to stop a passing vehicle etc.
    • Please a taxi down for me.
      1. (intransitive) To weaken, become feeble.
    • ''His strength flagged toward the end of the race.
      1. (context, computing): To signal (an event).
    • The compiler flagged three errors.
      1. (context, computing): To set a program variable to true.
    • Flag the debug option before running the program.
  1. Of or pertaining to an admiral, commodore, or general officer.
    • Captains park in the second row, officers next to the building. =
flash memory Tweet Definition of flash memory Like Definition of flash memory on Facebook
  1. (computing) A rewritable memory chip that retains its data without a power supply.
floppy Tweet Definition of floppy Like Definition of floppy on Facebook
noun (flopp, ies)
  1. (computing) A floppy disk
adjective (floppi, er)
  1. Limp, not hard, firm, or rigid; flexible.
floppy disk Tweet Definition of floppy disk Like Definition of floppy disk on Facebook
  1. (computing) A removable disk used for storing digital data, measuring between 2 and 8 inches diagonally and storing between 80 kilobyte, KB and 240 megabyte, MB.
flow chart Tweet Definition of flow chart Like Definition of flow chart on Facebook
  1. A schematic representation of how the different stages in a process are interconnected.
footer Tweet Definition of footer Like Definition of footer on Facebook
  1. (computing) information placed in a line at the bottom of a page (compare foot
    1. noun, foot, 8)
    2. (in combination) something that is a stated number of feet in some dimension - such as a six-footer
    3. (context, mostly, UK, slang) football / soccer
  1. (Ireland) (slang) to meddle with or pass time without accomplishing anything meaningful.
footprint Tweet Definition of footprint Like Definition of footprint on Facebook
  1. The impression of the foot; a trace or footmark; as, "Footprints of the Creator."
  2. Space required by a piece of equipment. Eg: This computer has a smaller footprint.
  3. (computer) Amount of hard drive space required for a program.
  4. (computer) The audit trail left by a crashed program
  5. Profession or lifestyle, as in...
He is following in his father's footprints.
  1. The surface space occupied by a structure
the footprint of a building.
  1. A company's geographic market presence. Eg. The store, which is slated to open next month, increases the company's footprint in the market to 14 locations.
format Tweet Definition of format Like Definition of format on Facebook
  1. The layout of a document.
  2. (hence) The form of presentation of something.
The radio station changed the of its evening program.
  1. (computing) A file type.
verb (format, t, ing)
  1. To create or edit the layout of a document.
  2. Change a document so it will fit onto a different type of page.
  3. (computing) To prepare a mass storage medium for initial use, erasing any existing data in the process.
I lost weeks of work when I inadvertently formatted my hard drive.
FORTRAN Tweet Definition of FORTRAN Like Definition of FORTRAN on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A high-level programming language developed in the 1950s for scientific, engineering and numerical computation.
frame Tweet Definition of frame Like Definition of frame on Facebook
  1. The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.
  • Now that the is complete, we can start on the walls.''
    1. The structure of a person's body.
  • His starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing .
    1. A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.
  • The painting was housed in a beautifully carved .
    1. A piece of photographic film containing an image.
  • A film projector shows many frames in a single second.
    1. A context for understanding or interpretation.
  • In this , it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.
    1. (snooker) A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
    2. (computing) An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.
    3. (context, bowling) A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game.
    4. (philately) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
    5. (context, animation) A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.
  • verb (fram, ing)
    1. (transitive) Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements.
    • Once we finish framing the house, we'll hang tin on the roof.
      1. (transitive) Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border.
      2. (transitive) To position visually within a fixed boundary.
  • The director frames the fishing scene very well.
    1. (transitive) To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.
  • How would you your accomplishments?
  • The way the opposition has framed the argument makes it hard for us to win.
    1. (transitive) Of a presumably innocent person, to cause to appear guilty.
  • The gun had obviously been placed in her car in an effort to her.
    friendly Tweet Definition of friendly Like Definition of friendly on Facebook
    noun (friendlies)
    1. (sport) A game which is of no consequence in terms of ranking, betting etc.
    2. (context, military, lang=en) Someone of the same side of a conflict.
    1. Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.
    2. Inviting, characteristic of friendliness.
    He gave a smile.
    a Having an easy relationship with something, as in user-friendly etc.
    b Without any relationship based on negativity, as in friendly competition.
    1. (military) Of or pertaining to friendlies (friendly noun sense 2, below).
    ''The soldier was killed by friendly fire, fire.
    1. In a friendly manner, like a friend.
    FTP Tweet Definition of FTP Like Definition of FTP on Facebook
    1. (internet) File Transfer Protocol; a common way to transfer files over the internet.
    1. To transfer data between computers using FTP.
    1. Failure to Pay
    function key Tweet Definition of function key Like Definition of function key on Facebook
    1. (computing) Any of a set of keys on a personal computer or terminal keyboard used to activate a predefined or programmable function; often labelled F1 to F12, and used in combination with the shift key, alt key and control key

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