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access to retrieve (information) from a computer. [1/5 definitions]
access time the amount of time needed for a computer to retrieve or store data.
accumulator a register or electrical circuit for storing numbers and performing one or more arithmetic or logical operations on them, as in a calculator or computer. [1/3 definitions]
algorithm a completely determined and finite procedure for solving a problem, esp. used in relation to mathematics and computer science.
alphanumeric in computer terminology, consisting of both letters and numbers or other nonalphabetic symbols.
analog computer a computer that uses physical quantities such as pressure or electric voltages to represent data. (Cf. digital computer.)
antivirus any software program designed to identify, thwart, and eliminate computer viruses and other malicious software programs. [2 definitions]
app a computer application designed for mobile operating systems and devices, such as cell phones. [1/2 definitions]
application program a computer program designed to be used by, and perform a particular function for, end users, such as a word-processing program, browser, or game.
artificial intelligence the research in and development of computer programs or computers to initiate human thought processes such as reasoning or decision-making.
AWACS an aircraft fitted with a radome and carrying sophisticated radar and computer equipment, used for reconnaissance and for directing ground forces, or a warning system employing such aircraft (acronym for "Airborne Warning and Control System").
backspace to move a typewriter carriage or computer cursor back one or more spaces by pressing a certain key. [1/2 definitions]
back up to create and store a copy of (a computer file), often in a separate location, in case the original is damaged or lost.
BASIC a simplified computer language (acronym for "beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code").
bit3 a unit of information in a computer; binary digit.
boot in computing, to start up (a computer or a program) by loading the operating system or providing the initial instructions (often fol. by up). [1/9 definitions]
bootstrap a single computer program that loads and puts into operation a bigger program. [3/5 definitions]
boot up in computing, to start up (a computer or a program) by loading the operating system or installing the initial instructions.
browser a computer program that locates and displays Web pages; Web browser.
bubble memory a solid-state computer device that stores information, coded into binary digits, in microscopic magnetized areas in sheets, as of garnet.
buffer1 in computer terminology, a portion of the hardware used to hold information temporarily. [1/6 definitions]