from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being compatible; in which two or more things are able to exist or perform together in combination without problems or conflict.
- n. the capability of two or more items or components of equipment or material to exist or function in the same system or environment without mutual interference.
- n. the ability to execute a given program on different types of computers without modification of the program or the computers. See backward compatibility and forward compatibility.
- n. the capability that allows the substitution of one subsystem (storage facility), or of one functional unit (e.g., hardware, software), for the originally designated system or functional unit in a relatively transparent manner, without loss of information and without the introduction of errors.
- n. the continuity or good fit of material or members or components while being deformed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or power of being compatible or congruous; congruity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being compatible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination
- n. a feeling of sympathetic understanding
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We're a little leery of the term "compatibility issue."
So the solution they're using for providing backward compatibility is this tool.
Often, she said, a kiss can provide a window into long-term compatibility.
Containing Eucerit, a special moisturising ingredient, Nivea Creme is free from preservatives, and skin compatibility is dermatologically approved.
That issue, plus LOX compatibility, is solved by a material that XCOR has under development called NONBURNITE.
Data formats live a lot longer than the hardware at either end, as you upgrade the A end, but retain compatibility with the B end by using the same data formats.
The law of the land has generally been that compatibility is legal, even if it undermines your profitability -- making a product does not create a monopoly over everything that your customers might do with that product.
Backward compatibility is a major issue with any gaming system.
It may work, you may get numbers out of it, but romantic compatibility is delicate.
And while the player and the media, no matter how produced, carry that CD or DVD logo the compatibility is implied.