- any of various large, ferocious cats, including the jaguar and snow leopard, esp. a species (Panthera pardus) of Africa and S Asia usually having a tawny coat spotted with black
- Heraldry a lion represented in side view, with one foreleg raised and the head facing the viewer
Origin of leopardMiddle English leoparde ; from Old French leupart ; from Late Latin leopardus ; from Classical Greek leopardos ; from le?n, lion + pardos, pard, panther
- a. A large wild cat (Panthera pardus) of Africa and southern Asia, having either tawny fur with dark rosettelike markings or black fur.b. Any of several similar felines, such as the cheetah or the snow leopard.
- Heraldry A lion in side view, having one forepaw raised and the head facing the observer.
Origin of leopardMiddle English, from Old French leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek leopardos : Greek le&omacron;n, lion; see lion + Greek pardos, pard; see pard.
leopard - Computer Definition
Version 10.5 of the Mac OS X operating system, which runs on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. Released in October 2007, Leopard includes many enhancements and new features, including Time Machine, an automated backup utility; Spaces, a way to organize applications in separate "virtual" desktops; and Spotlight, a search capability across the network. Boot Camp, which allows users to install Windows on Intel-based Macs, is included rather than being an option. Numerous enhancements were made to the basic OS X architecture, and several security enhancements were added. For example, Leopard supports code signing, which verifies that executable applications are not tampered with. Address space randomization places code randomly in memory rather than in predetermined locations that hackers are expecting. See Snow Leopard, Mac OS X and Boot Camp.