Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. certificate of deposit
  • abbr. civil defense
  • abbr. compact disk
  • abbr. French corps diplomatique (diplomatic corps)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ISO 3166-1 two-letter (alpha-2) code for Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • n. A Roman numeral representing four hundred (400).
  • n. Compact disc; a form of digital media that is based on the use of a laser to read from a plastic disc in a reader device.
  • n. Certificate of deposit (from a financial institutions).
  • n. Creative director: head of the creative department (for example of an advertising agency).
  • n. Corporate design: specific design features of a company, corporate identity CI. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?)
  • n. Collision detection (used by an Ethernet network to detect when two computers are sending frames at the same time, and also to deal with such collisions when they happen).
  • n. Circular Dichroism.
  • v. To cross-dress.
  • prep. An abbreviation found on decals of automobiles, indicating that they are used by diplomats. From the French phrase corps diplomatique ("diplomatic corps").

Etymologies

Abbreviation of various terms and phrases. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You also realize that you used to hear the term CD and think compact disc rather than Creative Director and you almost miss those days where you felt invincible until life humbled you with the death of someone you thought would live forever.

    Why Advertising Sucks

  • What we hear on this CD is a simple and pious longing for some kind of integration between what was and what is.

    What is going on at Mount St. Mary's?

  • Hitchcock says the CD is about saying goodbye to cycles of negativity, moving out of the "smoke age" of cigarettes and gasoline, and about hope and change.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Anyway, the theoretical maximum realisable value of a CD is about $700,000 (on average).

    Labels’ back catalogues already belong to us!

  • Well buying a CD is almost like an act of philanthropy: a way to support a band you liked after a show.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Futile Struggle Against Free Content

  • No such reversals of fate await the protagonist of novelist Kurt Vonnegut's freshly conceived 1993 text for "L'Histoire" -- retitled "An American Soldier's Tale" and receiving its first recording on a Summit label CD (DCD 532) -- which tells the true, World War II-era story of Pvt. Eddie Slovik, the first American soldier executed for desertion since the Civil War.

    On CD: Another view of "L'Histoire"

  • I commend you all for speaking up and I hope your CD is able to stand her ground and continue to defend the autonomy of Peace Corps.

    Outrage at Ambassador Retzer's Decision

  • This CD is a compilation of the jazz music mentioned in the Bosch novels and was given away to his readers on Michael's 2003 book tour.

    Michael Connelly biography

  • The picture packages begin at $13.99, and then the CD is an extra $6.99.

    Boing Boing

  • Or a term CD, if I can find one with a rate to beat inflation unlikely, with the current cuts in the fed interest rate.

    Failing in My Responsibilities as an American Consumer « Whatever

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