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software

[sawft-wair, soft-] /ˈsɔftˌwɛər, ˈsɒft-/
noun
1.
Computers. the programs used to direct the operation of a computer, as well as documentation giving instructions on how to use them.
Compare hardware (def 5).
2.
anything that is not hardware but is used with hardware, especially audiovisual materials, as film, tapes, records, etc.:
a studio fully equipped but lacking software.
3.
Television Slang. prepackaged materials, as movies or reruns, used to fill out the major part of a station's program schedule.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; soft + ware1
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British Dictionary definitions for soft-ware

software

/ˈsɒftˌwɛə/
noun
1.
(computing) the programs that can be used with a particular computer system Compare hardware (sense 2)
2.
video cassettes and discs for use with a particular video system
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Word Origin and History for soft-ware

software

n.

1851, soft wares, "woolen or cotton fabrics," also, "relatively perishable consumer goods," from soft + ware (n.). The computer sense is a separate coinage from 1960, based on hardware.

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soft-ware in Science
software
  (sôft'wâr')   
The programs, programming languages, and data that direct the operations of a computer system. Word processing programs and Internet browsers are examples of software. Compare hardware.
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soft-ware in Culture

software definition


The programs and instructions that run a computer, as opposed to the actual physical machinery and devices that compose the hardware.

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