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com·pact discor com·pact disk (kŏm′păkt′)
n. Abbr. CD
A small optical disc on which data such as music, text, or graphic images is digitally encoded.
com·pact diskor com·pact disc (kŏm′păkt′)
A small optical disk on which data such as music, text, or graphic images is digitally encoded. See Note at disk.
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|Noun||1.||compact disk - a digitally encoded recording on an optical disk that is smaller than a phonograph record; played back by a laser|
CD-R, CD-WO, compact disc recordable, compact disc write-once - a compact disc on which you can write only once and thereafter is read-only memory
CD-ROM, compact disc read-only memory - a compact disk that is used with a computer (rather than with an audio system); a large amount of digital information can be stored and accessed but it cannot be altered by the user
optical disc, optical disk - a disk coated with plastic that can store digital data as tiny pits etched in the surface; is read with a laser that scans the surface
recording - a storage device on which information (sounds or images) have been recorded