- When a couple and wife get along well and enjoy spending time together, this is an example of compatibility.
- When a printer works with your computer hardware, this is an example of compatibility.
(countable and uncountable, plural compatibilities)
- The state of being compatible; in which two or more things are able to exist or perform together in combination without problems or conflict.
- (telecommunications) the capability of two or more items or components of equipment or material to exist or function in the same system or environment without mutual interference.
- (computing) the ability to execute a given program on different types of computers without modification of the program or the computers. See backward compatibility and forward compatibility.
- (computing) the capability that allows the substitution of one subsystem (storage facility), or of one functional unit (e.g., hardware, software), for the originally designated system or functional unit in a relatively transparent manner, without loss of information and without the introduction of errors.
- (structural analysis) the continuity or good fit of material or members or components while being deformed.
compatibility - Computer Definition
The degree with which software works with hardware and/or other software. As hardware and software evolve, compatibility is a fundamental problem that never ends in the computer industry. At some point in time, new hardware instructions have to be developed that allow a computer to process more efficiently, and existing software has to be updated to take advantage of it. Equally important is the enhancement of operating systems and their related development systems in order to perform new tasks. Applications have to be modified to take advantage of them. See standards.