microcode

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

micro- +‎ code

Noun[edit]

microcode (usually uncountable, plural microcodes)

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  1. (computing) The collective microprograms in a CPU, used to run machine instructions.

Verb[edit]

microcode (third-person singular simple present microcodes, present participle microcoding, simple past and past participle microcoded)

  1. (computing, transitive) To (re)write (program instructions) in microcode, typically to optimize performance.