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Page Tweet Definition of Page Like Definition of Page on Facebook
proper noun
  1. an English and Scottish occupational surname for someone who was a servant
paginate Tweet Definition of paginate Like Definition of paginate on Facebook
verb (paginates, paginating, paginated)
  1. To number the pages of a book or other document; to foliate
palette Tweet Definition of palette Like Definition of palette on Facebook
noun
  1. A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours.
  2. The range of colors in a given work or item or body of work.
palmtop Tweet Definition of palmtop Like Definition of palmtop on Facebook
noun
  1. a personal digital assistant
paper tape Tweet Definition of paper tape Like Definition of paper tape on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, punched tape)
  1. (computing) an early sequential digital storage medium consisting of a long roll of paper, each character being coded as a pattern of punched holes; originally used with teletype machines
parameter Tweet Definition of parameter Like Definition of parameter on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, mul=parameter, parameter (computer science))
  1. (cattag2, Mathematics, Physics) A variable kept constant during an experiment, calculation or similar.
  2. (complang) A name in a function or subroutine definition that is replaced by, or bound to, the corresponding actual argument when the function or subroutine is called.
parity Tweet Definition of parity Like Definition of parity on Facebook
noun (parities, -)
  1. (context, uncountable) equal; even; of comparable strength or intensity
  2. (context, countable) (italbrac, of a set) the property of having only two classifications, especially (in mathematics) the classifications even and odd
Parity is always preserved in such operations.
  1. (context, countable) the classification of an item into one of two sets, especially (in mathematics) into even or odd
The particles' parities can switch at random.
  1. (in physics) symmetry of interactions under spatial inversion
  2. (in medicine) the number of times a woman has given birth
  3. (in gaming) in Othello(r) or reversi it is the last move within a given sector of the board
parse Tweet Definition of parse Like Definition of parse on Facebook
verb (pars, ing)
  1. To resolve into its elements, as a sentence, point out, pointing out the several part of speech, parts of speech, and their relation to each other by government or agreement; to analyze and describe grammatically.
  2. (computing) To have a computer program split a file or other input into bits of data that can be easily stored or manipulated.
Pascal Tweet Definition of Pascal Like Definition of Pascal on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The French mathematician and physicist w:Blaise_Pascal, Blaise Pascal.
  2. The w:Pascal_programming_language, Pascal programming language.
password Tweet Definition of password Like Definition of password on Facebook
noun
  1. A secret word used to gain admittance, or to gain access to information
  2. (computing) A string of characters, known only to a user, used, along with a user name, to log in to some computer or network etc.
PC Tweet Definition of PC Like Definition of PC on Facebook
initialism (pluralPCsfor countable noun senses)
  1. (US Navy) w:Coastal Patrol, Coastal Patrol
  2. partially continuous
  3. w:Penn Central, Penn Central
  4. personal computer
    1. photocopy
  5. w:Phrozen Crew, Phrozen Crew
  6. (UK politics) w:Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru
  7. player character
  8. (UK, Canada) police constable
  9. politically correct
  10. political correctness
  11. polycarbonate
  12. posterior commissure
  13. w:Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church
  14. Privy Council
  15. privy councillor
  16. probable cause
  17. Probate Court
  18. pro-choice
  19. (TV) production code
  20. Professional Corporation
  21. (Canada) w:Progressive Canadian Party, Progressive Canadian Party
  22. (Canada, formerly) w:Progressive Conservative, Progressive Conservative
  23. progressive contextualization
  24. Proto-Celtic
  25. pubococcygeus muscle
PDA Tweet Definition of PDA Like Definition of PDA on Facebook
initialism (plural:PDAs)
  1. Personal digital assistant
  2. Property Damage Accident
  3. public, Public display of affection
  4. Pathological Demand Avoidance
  5. (comptheory) pushdown automaton
peripheral Tweet Definition of peripheral Like Definition of peripheral on Facebook
noun (plural:peripherals)
  1. (computing) a device, such as a printer or scanner, connected to a computer
adjective (comparative:more peripheral, superlative:most peripheral)
  1. on the periphery or boundary
  2. beside the point
  3. unimportant
  4. auxiliary
personal computer Tweet Definition of personal computer Like Definition of personal computer on Facebook
noun (pluralpersonal computers)
  1. A small computer, built around a microprocessor, for use by one person at a time.
personal digital assistant Tweet Definition of personal digital assistant Like Definition of personal digital assistant on Facebook
noun
  1. A hand-held electronic organizer or computer (abbr. PDA).
pert Tweet Definition of pert Like Definition of pert on Facebook
verb
  1. (intransitive) To behave with pertness.
adjective
  1. open; evident; apert.
  2. Lively; brisk; sprightly; smart.
  3. Indecorously free, or presuming; saucy; bold; impertinent.
  4. high-spirited; vivacious
pixel Tweet Definition of pixel Like Definition of pixel on Facebook
noun
  1. One of the tiny dots that make up the representation of an image in a computer's memory.
platen Tweet Definition of platen Like Definition of platen on Facebook
noun
  1. The part of a printing press which presses the paper against the type and by which the impression is made.
plotter Tweet Definition of plotter Like Definition of plotter on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who plots
  2. (computing) an output device that draws graphs and other pictorial images on paper, sometimes using attached pens
pointer Tweet Definition of pointer Like Definition of pointer on Facebook
noun
  1. Anything that points or is used for pointing.
  2. A needle-like component of a timepiece or measuring device that indicates the time or the current reading of the device.
  3. A breed of hunting dog.
  4. (complang) A variable which holds the address of a memory location where, presumeably, a value is stored.
  5. (computing) An icon that indicates the position of the mouse; a cursor.
  6. A tip, a bit of advice (usually plural.)
The instructor gave me some pointers on writing a good paper.
port Tweet Definition of port Like Definition of port on Facebook
noun
  1. A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers.
  2. A town or city containing such a place.
  3. (nautical) (uncountable) The left-hand side of a vessel when one is facing the front.
verb
  1. (obsolete) To carry, bear, or transport.
  2. (military) To hold a weapon with both hands diagonally across the body
  3. To transfer from one state to another.
  4. (computing) To adapt a program so that it works on a different platform.
adjective
  1. (nautical) Of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel.
on the port side
portable Tweet Definition of portable Like Definition of portable on Facebook
noun
  1. A portable toilet; a self-contained outhouse.
  2. Any temporary building that is portable, especially one located at a school.
  3. A hand-held electronic gaming device.
adjective
  1. Able to be carry, carried or easily moved.
  2. (computing) Of software, able to be run on multiple hardware or operating systems.
power Tweet Definition of power Like Definition of power on Facebook
noun
  1. Physical force or strength.
  2. Control and influence over another entity and its actions.
He exerted his upon his subordinates to obtain illicit, personal satisfaction.
The party has won thanks to the influence of its charismatic leader.
  1. (physics) A measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy.
  2. (physics) A rate to magnify an optical image by a lens or mirror.
  3. (Biblical tradition) in Christian angelology, the fourth level of angels, ranked above archangels and below principality, principalities
  4. (mathematics) A product of equal factors. Notation and usage: xn, read as "x to the power of " or "x to the th power", denotes x × x × ... × x, in which x appears times, where is called the exponent; the definition is extended to non-integer and complex exponents.
  5. Electricity supply.
  6. A nation having a strong military and/or economy.
  7. (settheory) Cardinality.
verb
  1. (transitive) To provide power for (a mechanical or electronic device).
print Tweet Definition of print Like Definition of print on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) book, Books and other material created by printing presses, considered collectively or as a medium.
  • Three citations are required for each meaning, including one in .
TV and the internet haven't killed .
  1. (uncountable) Clear handwriting, especially, writing without connected letters as in cursive.
Write in using block letters.
  1. (uncountable) The letters forming the text of a document.
The is too small for me to read.
  1. A visible impression on a surface.
Using a crayon, the girl made a of the leaf under the page.
  1. A fingerprint.
Did the police find any prints at the scene?
  1. A footprint.
  2. (context, visual art) A picture that was created in multiple copy, copies by printing.
  3. (context, photography) A photograph that has been printed onto paper from the negative.
  4. (context, motion pictures) A copy of a film that can be projected.
  5. cloth, Cloth that has had a pattern of dye printed onto it.
verb
  1. (transitive) To copy something onto a surface, especially by machine.
  • Print the draft double-spaced so we can mark changes between the lines.
The circuitry is printed onto the semiconductor surface.
  1. (context, transitive or intransitive) To write very clearly, especially, to write without connecting the letters as in cursive.
  • Print your name here and sign below.
  • I'm only in grade 2, so I only know how to .
    1. (transitive) To publish in a book, newspaper, etc.
  • How could they an unfounded rumour like that?
  • adjective
    1. of, relating to, or writing for printed publications
    printer Tweet Definition of printer Like Definition of printer on Facebook
    noun
    1. One who makes prints.
    2. The operator of a printing press or owner of a printing business.
    3. (computing) A device, usually attached to a computer, used to print text or images onto paper. Also see plotter.
    printout Tweet Definition of printout Like Definition of printout on Facebook
    noun
    1. (computing) A hard copy of a program or data set, printed on paper.
    process Tweet Definition of process Like Definition of process on Facebook
    noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
    1. A series of events to produce a result, especially as contrasted to product.
    This product of last month's quality standards committee is quite good, even though the was flawed.
    1. The act of serving a defendant with a summons or a writ.
    2. (biology) An outgrowth of tissue.
    3. (computing) A task or program that is or was execute, executing.
    4. (manufacturing) A set of procedures used to produce a product, most commonly in the food and chemical industries.
      • 1960, Mack Tyner, Process Engineering Calculations: Material and Energy Balances - Ordinarily a plant will use a steam boiler to supply its heat requirements and to drive a steam-turbine generator.
      • 1987, J. R. Richards, Principles of control system design in Modelling and control of fermentation es - The words plant or infer generally any dynamic system, be it primarily mechanical, electrical, or chemical in nature, and may extend also to include social or economic systems.
        1. A path of succession of states through which a system passes.
    verb (process, es)
    1. (transitive) To perform a particular process.
    2. (transitive) To treat with a substance
    3. (transitive) (computing) To use or manipulate data with a software program.
    processor Tweet Definition of processor Like Definition of processor on Facebook
    noun
    1. A device which processes, which changes something
    2. A computer, especially as short for a microprocessor.
    This computer has two processors, but only one keyboard.
    program Tweet Definition of program Like Definition of program on Facebook
    noun
    1. A set of structured activity, activities.
      • Our for today"s exercise class includes swimming and jogging.
        1. A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity. (rfex)
        2. A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
      • Tonight"s was sponsored by the Wiktionary dictionary and Wikipedia encyclopedia.
        1. (context, Computing): A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task.
      • The runs on both Linux and Microsoft Windows®.
        1. A particular mindset or method of doing things.
      • Come on, John, why don"t you get with the and tell him where the detonators are? " Ellis in the movie Die Hard.
    verb (programm, ing)
    1. (transitive) To enter a program or other instructions into a computer (or other electronic device) to instruct it to do a particular task.
      • He programmed the DVR to record his favorite show.
        1. (transitive) To put together the schedule of an event.
      • Mary will Tuesday"s festivities.
    programmer Tweet Definition of programmer Like Definition of programmer on Facebook
    noun
    1. One who designs software.
    2. One who decides which programs will be shown on a television station.
    3. A device that installs a software program into some other machine, as in an EPROM programmer.
    4. A short film feature as part of a longer film program, a "B-movie" (now rare)
    programming Tweet Definition of programming Like Definition of programming on Facebook
    noun
    1. (broadcasting): The designing, scheduling or planning of a radio or television program / programme
    "The network changed its to mess with DVRs again."
    1. brain-washing
    2. (context, Computing): The act of writing a computer program.
    "Management wanted to know how much the project would need."
    1. The software that controls a machine, or the logic or expressed in such software; operating instructions
    A robot's doesn't allow for love.
    1. brain-washing
    verb or programing
    1. (present participle of, program)
    I was a new module for the software package.
    He was the VCR.
    programming language Tweet Definition of programming language Like Definition of programming language on Facebook
    noun
    1. Code of reserved words and symbols used in computer programs, which give instructions to the computer on how to accomplish certain computing tasks
    prompt Tweet Definition of prompt Like Definition of prompt on Facebook
    noun
    1. Something that indicates when or where a response is appropiate.
      I filled in my name where the appeared on the computer screen but my account wasn't recognized.
    verb
    1. To lead someone toward what they should say or do - (I prompted him to get a new job).
    2. (Stage and Screen) - to show or tell an actor/person the words they should be saying, or actions they should be doing.
    If he forgets his words I will him.
    adjective
    1. On time. - (Be prompt for your appointment)
    2. Quick - (He was very prompt getting a new job)
    protocol Tweet Definition of protocol Like Definition of protocol on Facebook
    noun
    1. A rule which guides how an activity should be performed.
    2. The original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty, dispatch, or other instrument.
    3. The minutes, or rough draft, of an instrument or transaction.
    4. (context, diplomacy) A preliminary document upon the basis of which negotiations are carried on.
    5. (context, diplomacy) A convention not formally ratified.
    6. (context, diplomacy) An agreement of diplomatists indicating the results reached by them at a particular stage of a negotiation.
    7. (computing) A set of formal rules describing how to transmit data, especially across a network. A message syntax or electrical specification and a description 2 or more communication nodes: finite state machine, state machines, the transition function, transition functions of which take messages or times as input and, when then so triggered, may themselves send messages.
    verb
    1. (obsolete), (transitive): To make a protocol of.
    2. (obsolete), (intransitive): To make or write protocols, or first drafts; to issue protocols.
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    punch card Tweet Definition of punch card Like Definition of punch card on Facebook
    noun
    1. a card with holes or notches cut in it, especially one for storing data, that can be sorted according to combinations of holes present or absent
    1. (computing) such a card, the size of a US dollar bill, having 80 columns of 12 rows used in early mainframe computers
    punched tape Tweet Definition of punched tape Like Definition of punched tape on Facebook
    noun
    1. (computing) paper tape

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