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From soft +‎ -ware, by contrast with hardware (the computer itself). Coined 1953 by Paul Niquette;[1] first used in print by John Tukey 1958.

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software (uncountable)

  1. (computing) Encoded computer instructions, usually modifiable (unless stored in some form of unalterable memory such as ROM).
    • 1958, John W. Tukey, "The Teaching of Concrete Mathematics" in The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 65, no. 1 (Jan. 1958), pp 1-9:
      The "software" comprising the carefully planned interpretive routines, compilers, and other aspects of automative programming are at least as important to the modern electronic calculator as its "hardware" of tubes, transistors, wires, tapes and the like.
    • 1995, Paul Niquette, Softword: Provenance for the Word ‘Software’:
      As originally conceived, the word "software" was merely an obvious way to distinguish a program from the computer itself. A program comprised sequences of changeable instructions each having the power to command the behavior of the permanently crafted machinery, the "hardware."

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Software is a mass noun (some software, a piece of software). By non-native speakers it is sometimes erroneously treated as a countable noun (a software, some softwares).

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    1. ^ "Part 0. Introduction: The Software Age", Softword: Provenance for the Word 'Software', 2006 by Paul Niquette, →ISBN, adapted from article first published in 1995 in author’s magazine, Sophisticated: The Magazine, →ISBN (archival links)

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    CzechEdit

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    Borrowed from English software.

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    software m

    1. (computing) software

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    DutchEdit

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    From English software.

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    software m (uncountable)

    1. software (encoded computer instructions)
      Synonym: programmatuur

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    Borrowed from English software.

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    software m (invariable)

    1. (computing) software (encoded computer instructions)

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    Borrowed from English software.

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    software m (uncountable)

    1. (Jersey, computing) software (encoded computer instructions)

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    Borrowed from English software.

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    software m (plural softwares)

    1. (computing) software (encoded computer instructions)

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    Borrowed from English software.

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    software n (plural (rare) software-uri)

    1. (computing) software (encoded computer instructions)

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    Borrowed from English software.

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    software m (plural softwares)

    1. (computing) software (encoded computer instructions)

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