• A compact disc format which can be used to store any type of digitally encoded information, especially computer multimedia content. Discs using this format can store up to around 680 megabytes of information, or up to 74 minutes of recorded sound. These discs can not be rewritten, and a CD-ROM drive is used to read them. While audio CDs may be played on CD-ROM drives, CD-ROMs will not work with audio CD players unless they contain audio and are specifically formatted for compatibility with standard players. Computer DVD players can usually also play CD-ROMs.
  • acronym forcompact disc read-only memory
  • acronym forcompact disc-ROM

Information & Library Science

  • noun an electronic method of storing large quantities of information which can be read by laser.

Media Studies

  • noun a disc which has computer-readable data on it


  • acronym forcompact disc read only memory