cd rom

CD-ROM

[see-dee-rom]
noun
a compact disk on which a large amount of digitized read-only data can be stored.
Compare ROM.


Origin:
c(ompact) d(isk) r(ead-)o(nly) m(emory)

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CD-ROM (-ˈrɒm)
 
n
compact disc read-only memory; a compact disc used with a computer system as a read-only optical disk

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CD-ROM
1983, in computer jargon; also cd-rom; from compact disc read-only memory.
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CD-ROM   (sē'dē'rŏm')  Pronunciation Key 
A compact disk containing permanently stored data that cannot be altered.
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CD-ROM definition


An acronym for compact disc-read only memory. Commonly known as CDs, these plastic discs hold information that can be read by laser. (Compare magnetic tape.)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
CD-ROM
  1. compact disc—read-only memory

  2. consumer device, rendered obsolete in months

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