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OPERATING SYSTEM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does operating system mean? 

OPERATING SYSTEM (noun)
  The noun OPERATING SYSTEM has 1 sense:

1. (computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services

  Familiarity information: OPERATING SYSTEM used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OPERATING SYSTEM (noun)


Sense 1operating system [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

operating system; OS

Hypernyms ("operating system" is a kind of...):

computer software; package; software; software package; software program; software system ((computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory)

Meronyms (parts of "operating system"):

executive program; supervisor; supervisory program (a program that controls the execution of other programs)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "operating system"):

disk operating system; DOS (an operating system that is on a disk)

UNIX; UNIX operating system; UNIX system (trademark for a powerful operating system)

Windows ((trademark) an operating system with a graphical user interface)

Holonyms ("operating system" is a part of...):

platform (the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system)


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