Origin of -tronGr, suffix of instrument, akin to Classical Latin -trum
- Vacuum tube: dynatron.
- Device for manipulating subatomic particles: betatron.
Origin of -tronGreek, instrumental n. suff.
- Obsolete form of trone (weighing machine)
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tron - Computer Definition
(1) (TRace ON) A debugging command in the BASIC programming language that displays each instruction with its line number when executing. TROFF (trace off) turns off the debugging mode. In the 1982 science fiction film TRON, TRON is a security program used to shut down a malevolent supercomputer.
(2) (The Realtime Operating System Nucleus) An advanced real-time operating system developed by Japanese universities and corporations. i-TRON is a version that is used for microcontrollers in industrial machinery.