Media vs Software - What's the difference?

media | software |

As a verb media

is .

As a noun software is


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Etymology 1


  • (anatomy) The middle layer of the wall of a blood vessel or lymph vessel which is composed of connective and muscular tissue.
  • (linguistics, dated) A voiced stop consonant.
  • (entomology) One of the major veins of the insect wing, between the radius and the cubitus
  • Usage notes
    Not to be confused with medium.
    Derived terms
    * tunica media * medial
    *(vein of insect wing) M
    * (voiced stop) (l)

    Etymology 2


  • Means and institutions for publishing and broadcasting information.
  • As a result of the rise of, first, television news and entertainment media''' and, second, web-based '''media''', traditional print-based ' media has declined in popularity.
  • The journalists and other professionals who comprise the mass communication industry.
  • Some celebrities dislike press conferences, where the media bombards them with questions.
    Derived terms
    * media darling * media event (pos n) * mediagenic * mediascape (pos n) * multimedia * mass media * mainstream media * media circus * media whore




  • (computing) Encoded computer instructions, usually modifiable (unless stored in some form of unalterable memory such as ROM). Compare hardware.
  • * 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."

    Usage notes

    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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    See also

    * application * assembly * assembler * bug * code * coding * compilation * compiler * debugging * interpreter * linking * linker * open source * patch * programming * script * utilities * warez