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- noun Software designed to control the hardware of a specific data-processing system in order to allow users and application programs to make use of it.
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- noun software
Softwarethat controls the allocation and usage of hardwareresources such as memory, CPU time, disk space, and input and output devices.
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- noun (computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services
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