hot swap

Main Entry:  hot swap
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the replacing of an electronic component in a machine that is on and operating
Example:  The hot swap of the hard drive went smoothly.
Etymology:  1983
Usage:  also hot swapping, n.
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Main Entry:  hot swap
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to replace an electronic component in a machine that is on and operating; also written hot-swap
Example:  You have to turn off the machine; you can't hot-swap.
Etymology:  1988
Usage:  also hot-swappable, adj.
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