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disk

  

      n  
1       a variant spelling (esp. U.S. and Canadian) of       disc  
2      (Also called)    magnetic disk, hard disk     (Computing)   a direct-access storage device consisting of a stack of plates coated with a magnetic layer, the whole assembly rotating rapidly as a single unit. Each surface has a read-write head that can move radially to read or write data on concentric tracks  
   Compare       drum   1       9  
  
See also  
    floppy disk  


disk crash  
      n     (Computing)   the failure of a disk storage system, usually resulting from the read/write head touching the moving disk surface and causing mechanical damage  
disk drive  
      n     (Computing)   the controller and mechanism for reading and writing data on computer disks  
   See also       disk       2  
disk operating system  
      n   an operating system used on a computer system with one or more disk drives,   (Often shortened to)    DOS  
flexible disk  
      n      another name for       floppy disk  
floppy disk  
      n   a flexible magnetic disk that stores information and can be used to store data for use in a microprocessor,   (Also called)    diskette, flexible disk  
hard disk  
      n   a disk of rigid magnetizable material that is used to store data for computers: it is permanently mounted in its disk drive and usually has a storage capacity of a few gigabytes  
magnetic disk  
      n     (Computing)      another name for       disk       2  
systems disk  
      n   a disk used to store computer programs, esp. the basic operating programs of a computer  
Winchester disk  
      n   a type of hard disk in which disks are permanently sealed, together with read-write heads, in an airtight container to keep dust out  
     (C20: named after the 3030 Winchester rifle, as the original device would have had 3030 as its IBM number)  
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disc   ,   (now esp. U.S.)   disk         
      n  
1    a flat circular plate  
2    something resembling or appearing to resemble this  
the sun's disc     
3       another word for (gramophone)       record  
4      (Anatomy)   any approximately circular flat structure in the body, esp. an intervertebral disc  
5   
a    the flat receptacle of composite flowers, such as the daisy  
b    (as modifier)  
a disc flower     
6    the middle part of the lip of an orchid  
7   
a      (Also called)    parking disc   a marker or device for display in a parked vehicle showing the time of arrival or the latest permitted time of departure or both  
b    (as modifier)  
a disc zone, disc parking     
8      (Computing)      a variant spelling of        disk              2  
      vb  
9    to work (land) with a disc harrow  
     (C18: from Latin discus, from Greek diskos quoit)  


disk         
      n  
1       a variant spelling (esp. U.S. and Canadian) of       disc  
2      (Also called)    magnetic disk, hard disk     (Computing)   a direct-access storage device consisting of a stack of plates coated with a magnetic layer, the whole assembly rotating rapidly as a single unit. Each surface has a read-write head that can move radially to read or write data on concentric tracks  
   Compare       drum   1       9  
  
See also  
    floppy disk  
disk crash  
      n     (Computing)   the failure of a disk storage system, usually resulting from the read/write head touching the moving disk surface and causing mechanical damage  
disk drive  
      n     (Computing)   the controller and mechanism for reading and writing data on computer disks  
   See also        disk              2  
disk operating system  
      n   an operating system used on a computer system with one or more disk drives,   (Often shortened to)    DOS  
flexible disk  
      n      another name for       floppy disk  
floppy disk  
      n   a flexible magnetic disk that stores information and can be used to store data for use in a microprocessor,   (Also called)    diskette, flexible disk  
hard disk  
      n   a disk of rigid magnetizable material that is used to store data for computers: it is permanently mounted in its disk drive and usually has a storage capacity of a few gigabytes  
magnetic disk  
      n     (Computing)      another name for        disk              2  
systems disk  
      n   a disk used to store computer programs, esp. the basic operating programs of a computer  
Winchester disk  
      n   a type of hard disk in which disks are permanently sealed, together with read-write heads, in an airtight container to keep dust out  
     (C20: named after the 3030 Winchester rifle, as the original device would have had 3030 as its IBM number)  

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disc

  
, disk         
1    circle, discus, plate, saucer  
2    gramophone record, phonograph record     (U.S. & Canad.)   platter     (U.S. slang)   record, vinyl  

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