Complete Definition of "software"

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Pronunciation
US English SAMPA|/sAftwEr\`/
IPA|[ˈsɔft.wɛɻ]
audio|en-us-software.ogg|Audio (US)

Etymology
soft + ware

Noun
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  1. computing Encoded computer instructions, usually modifiable (unless stored in some form of unalterable memory such as ROM). Compare hardware.

#* 1958: The "software" comprising the carefully planned interpretive routines, compilers, and other aspects of automative programming are at least as important to the modern electronic calculator as its "hardware" of tubes, transistors, wires, tapes and the like. — The Teaching of Concrete Mathematics, John W. Tukey, in The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 65, no. 1 (Jan. 1958), pp 1-9.
#* 1953 As originally conceived, the word "software" was merely an obvious way to distinguish a program from the computer itself. A program comprised sequences of changeable instructions each having the power to command the behavior of the permanently crafted machinery, the "hardware." Softword: Provenance for the Word ‘Software’ by Paul Niquette ISBN 1-58922-233-http://niquette.com/books/softword/part0.htm

Related terms
top3
adware
application
assembly
assembler
bloatware
bug
code
coding
compilation
compiler
mid3
debugging
firmware
freeware
hardware
linking
linker
malware
patch
programming
shareware
mid3
software assurance
software cracking
software engineering
software tests
spyware
system software
utilities
warez

Translations

Catalan: programari m
Chinese: 软件 (ruǎnjiàn), 軟體 (ruántǐ) (Taiwan)
Croatian: programska oprema, napudbina, mekušje, mekovlje, mekotvorina, softver
Dutch: software m, programmatuur m
Finnish: ohjelmisto, ohjelma
French: logiciel m
German: Software f
Hebrew: תוכנה f
Irish: bogearraí m p
Indonesian: piranti lunak
Interlingua: software
Italian: software m
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Japanese: ソフトウェア (sofutowea), ソフト (sofuto)
Korean: 소프트웨어 (sopeuteuweeo)
Maltese: softwer m
Norwegian: programvare m
Persian: نرم‌افزار (narmafzar)
Portuguese: software
Russian: программное обеспечение n (programmnoye obespecheniye)
Sindhi: SDchar|منطقگري f
Serbian: softver
Dutch: software m, programmatuur m
Spanish: software m, programa m
Swedish: mjukvara
Turkish: yazılım
Vietnamese: phan mem

See also
open source

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