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Definition of "open-source" []

  • Of or relating to source code that is available to the public: an open-source operating system. (adjective)
  • Intellectual property, esp computer source code, that is made freely available to the general public by its creators (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)

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Use "open-source" in a sentence
  • "It has since birthed what is known as the open-source movement, which started out as a way to build computer operating systems but is fast becoming a design for life."
  • "By contrast, Hadoop's development involves the non-profit Apache Software Foundation, which oversees Hadoop contributions in what the industry calls open-source software."
  • "The non-profit Apache Software Foundation coordinates Hadoop contributions by programmers to what the industry calls open-source software."