General English


  • noun any program or group of programs which instructs the hardware on how it should perform, including operating systems, word processors, and applications programs


  • A set of instructions or programs, which when translated and executed cause a computer to perform specific operations. Software is usually classified into two general categories, which are system software, and application software. system software includes control programs, such as the operating system, while application software refers to programs which perform specific tasks, such as a word processor. Although software and program are used mostly synonymously, software is a bit more of a general term, as it is used to differentiate from the physical equipment of a computer, or the hardware, from the instructions which tell a computer what to do, or the software. An application is both a program and software, but when using the term software it is usually to refer to multiple application programs, or application programs in general, in which case they are called application software. Also called computer software. Its abbreviation is SW.
  • acronymSW

Media Studies

  • noun in computer science, the programs, procedures, rules and languages which are installed onto the hardware and enable it to run.

Cars & Driving

  • to be found on the coil terminal connected to the ignition switch.