Software meaning

sôft'wâr', sŏft'-
The programs, routines, and symbolic languages that control the functioning of the hardware and direct its operation.
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Software is the programs and routines for a computer or the program material for an electronic device which make it run.

An example of software is Excel or Windows or iTunes.

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The programs, programming languages, and data that direct the operations of a computer system. Word processing programs and Internet browsers are examples of software.
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The programs, routines, etc. for a computer or computer system.
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See also software.
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(computing) Encoded computer instructions, usually modifiable (unless stored in some form of unalterable memory such as ROM). Compare hardware.
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Instructions for the computer. A series of instructions that performs a particular task is called a "program." The two major software categories are "system software" and "application software."System Software Runs the ComputerSystem software is made up of the operating system and other control programs for managing the hardware and running the applications.Application Software Runs the BusinessApplication software is any program that processes data for the user (inventory, payroll, spreadsheet, word processor). Even games and DVD playback software are applications. The terms "software," "program" and "application" are synonymous and commonly interchanged in the same discussion. See system software, application software, information system, data processing and wares.Software Is Not DataA common misconception is that software is data. It is not. Software tells the hardware how to process the data. Software is "run."Data are "processed."
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The programs and routines for a computer system. System software includes programs and routines required to run the computer. Application software includes programs that enable users to perform tasks that use computer resources. Synonymous with software program. See also firmware, grayware, hardware, and freeware.
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Origin of software

  • From soft +"Ž -ware, by contrast with hardware (“the computer itself"). Coined 1953 by Paul Niquette; first used in print by John Tukey 1958.
    From Wiktionary