General English


  • noun tasks that have to be regularly carried out to maintain a computer system, e.g. checking backups and deleting unwanted files


  • Any instructions or routines which are automatically performed by a given program to help provide for itself a more optimum computing environment. This involves performing tasks such as garbage collection, setting counters to their starting values, the creation of files, and so on. 2. Any housekeeping (1) procedures performed manually, such as cache clearing more often than a program ordinarily would.

Information & Library Science

  • noun the work necessary to maintain any system of filing whether manual or computerised


  • noun the work of looking after the rooms in a hotel