read-only memory

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n., pl. Rom, Rom•a (ˈroʊ mə)
a male Gypsy.
[1835–45; < Romany: married man; compare Skt ḍomba, ḍoma a low-caste minstrel]



nonvolatile, nonmodifiable computer memory, used to hold programmed instructions to the system. Compare RAM.
[1960–65; r(ead)-o(nly)m(emory)]


1. Roman.
2. Also, Rom Romance.
3. Romania.
4. Romanian.
5. Romans (New Testament).


roman (type).

read-on·ly memory

See ROM.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: memory - (computer science) memory whose contents can be accessed and read but cannot be changedread-only memory - (computer science) memory whose contents can be accessed and read but cannot be changed
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
EPROM, erasable programmable read-only memory - (computer science) a read-only memory chip that can be erased by ultraviolet light and programmed again with new data
computer memory, computer storage, memory board, store, memory, storage - an electronic memory device; "a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

read-only memory

[ˌriːdəʊnlɪˈmemərɪ] N (Comput) → memoria f muerta, memoria f de sola lectura
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