- Gr. Myth. any of the secondary divinities ranking between the gods and men
- a guardian spirit; inspiring or inner spirit
- demon (sense )
Origin of daemonClassical Latin a spirit (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin evil spirit, demon) ; from Classical Greek daimōn, divine power, fate, god, in Ecclesiastical Late Greek evil spirit ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dā(i)-, to part, divide, tear apart from source time, tatter
- Chiefly British Variant of demon.
- Variant of daimon.
- Computers A program or process that runs in the background but remains inactive until invoked.
Origin of daemonSense 3, after Maxwell's demon (from the creature's constant monitoring of gas molecules going in and out of an aperture ).
- (uncommon) Alternative form of demon.
From Latin daemon (“genius, lar, guardian spirit”), from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daimon, “dispenser, god, protective spirit”).
- (Unix): Often a daemon will be a server.
daemon - Computer Definition
From the Greek daimon, meaning divine power. A utility that resides in RAM, waiting in the background until an event triggers it to take action. Print spoolers, e-mail handlers, and automatic backup utilities are examples of daemons. In mythology, a daemon was variously a guardian spirit or secondary divinity in the form of a demigod, i.e., half-man and half-god, that was tasked with duties deemed too insignificant for the gods' attention. See also RAM and utility.
Pronounced "dee-mun" as in the word "demon," it is a Unix program that executes in the background ready to perform an operation when required. Functioning like an extension to the operating system, a daemon is usually an unattended process that is initiated at startup. Typical daemons are print spoolers and e-mail handlers or a scheduler that starts up another process at a designated time. The term comes from Greek mythology, meaning "guardian spirit." See agent and mailer-daemon.