from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of demon.
- n. Variant of daimon.
- n. Computer Science A program or process that sits idly in the background until it is invoked to perform its task.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A demon.
- n. A lesser deity between men and gods.
- n. One's inner spirit or daimon.
- n. A process (a running program) that does not have a controlling terminal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See demon, demonic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- etc. See demon, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an evil supernatural being
- n. a person who is part mortal and part god
From Ancient Greek δαίμων (daimon, "a god, goddess, divine power, genius, guardian spirit"), from δαίω (daio, "to divide, to distribute destinies, to allot"). (Wiktionary)
From Maxwell's demon; a derivation from "disk and execution monitor" is generally considered a backronym. (Wiktionary)