compact disc

Definition of compact disc

com´pact disc`   Pronunciation: kǒm´păkt dĭsk`
n.1.a disk-shaped optical data storage medium approximately 4-3/4 in. in diameter, which stores binary data as microscopic nonreflective holes or pits in an otherwise reflective surface, and is recorded and played back by rotation in an electronic device containing a laser. It is often referred to by its abbreviation CD. It is a type of optical data storage medium. Compact disks are used for recordings of music as well as of data for computer applications.

Related Words

audio CD, audio compact disc, CD, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-WO, compact disc read-only memory, compact disc recordable, compact disc write-once, compact disk, optical disc, optical disk, recording
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