Definition of cron in English:



  • usually as modifier A command to an operating system or server for a job that is to be executed at a specified time.

    ‘a cron job’
    • ‘All we need to do is run the client script on the testing servers as a cron job.’
    • ‘On-line updating can now be set up as a cron job to reach out to the server of your choice at the time of your choosing, check for available updates and download and install them without user interaction.’
    • ‘A cron job automation example to handle this is explained later in this article.’
    • ‘Otherwise, you may specify an e-mail address to which to send the output of cron jobs.’
    • ‘When using a cron job, I know a process is executed on a certain schedule.’


1990s: from chronological.