Main definitions of demo in English

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demo1

noun

informal
  • 1A demonstration of a product or technique:

    ‘a cookery demo’
    • ‘He describes a visit to an internet company where he watched a demo of a new web service that allows people to create mashups of movies, combining scenes from various films.’
    • ‘Older kids can check out the MAAD Thyme event in Lismore's Skate Park, where there will be BMX and skateboard demos, DJs, aerosol art demos, a mega hip hop show and live music.’
    • ‘We will have a 13-hour day with two cuisine practicals, with a long break and a demo in between.’
    • ‘Olga stopped into the store and discovered that it often invited guest chefs to come on Saturdays to do cooking demos to help generate traffic.’
    • ‘I like to get out there and teach, do demos, enter cooking competitions, charity events, whatever.’
    • ‘Don't worry if you don't know the rules for these solitaire games because the rules are all included, plus you can watch a demo game played by the computer.’
    • ‘If in doubt, seek professional advice first - your local DIY shop can probably give you a demo if you need more hands-on instructions.’
    • ‘"I just did a remote product demo to a company in Holland," says Weaver.’
    • ‘The Web site of a top firm in this category boasts a consistent and intuitive layout with tightly integrated content and functionality, useful demos and extensive online help.’
    • ‘He and Leri and two grad students drove to Philadelphia at 4 a.m. to give a demo to a potential investor.’
    • ‘The official website of the festival promised exciting displays and demos from environmental groups all over the country.’
    • ‘A hair-care professional gave a demo on transforming frizzy hair to smooth, and answered questions posed by the audience.’
    • ‘This service makes it super simple to provide online training, do software demos, and even make complete sales presentations.’
    • ‘The company used in-store advertising, in-package coupons, strong Web site presence and in-store product demos.’
    • ‘This CD includes tools, presentations, and demos of the latest computer forensics software’
    • ‘Staff members gave a demo of the technology.’
    • ‘From 7.00 p.m. that evening you can enjoy cookery demos and spectacular seafood dishes at the Lighthouse Restaurant.’
    exhibition, presentation, display, illustration, exposition, teach-in
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    1. 1.1 A version of something such as computer software produced to demonstrate its capabilities or for use as a trial:
      ‘there is a demo to try before you buy’
      • ‘We should also be releasing a multiplayer demo very close to release.’
      • ‘More info, images and a downloadable demo are available on the game's Web site.’
      • ‘I have downloaded several demo/trial versions from the Internet but haven't been very impressed yet.’
      • ‘But many casual and hard-core gamers alike may be turned off by the bugs very quickly, so we suggest trying the demo first.’
      • ‘They are also offering a free 17MB demo of the game from their website.’
      • ‘The internet is full of information on computer games and free downloads of 'shareware' games and demos for new games.’
      • ‘They've received quite a lot of awards for their software and they've a demo version which you can download.’
      • ‘At least give the free demo a try.’
      • ‘Check out the site to see all the new features, and download a time-limited demo.’
      • ‘My advice to anyone who is interested in purchasing this game is to download the demo, and try it.’
      • ‘In addition to the major release of the game, a free downloadable PC demo will be made available in the coming weeks.’
      • ‘It is helpful to use the free demo to see exactly how the workflow management software helps you to track document workflow and to see if it is what your business is looking for.’
    2. 1.2 A recording made to demonstrate the capabilities of a musical group or performer or as preparation for a full recording:
      ‘we recorded a three-song demo’
      [as modifier] ‘a demo track’
      • ‘Seems he received these tracks as a demo way back last year and couldn't resist them.’
      • ‘So we basically did all these songs, 13 or 14 songs, as demos, just playing one or two or maybe three takes of each until the arrangement was down.’
      • ‘Five years previously he had been sending off demo tapes to record labels and getting no response.’
      • ‘Mostly, we were recording piano-and-vocal demos, which became the core of the records.’
      • ‘Disc 2 features some early demos and a previously unreleased live run-through of virtually the entire album, recorded during the band's heyday in 1982.’
      • ‘A real mixed bag is what you'll find on this six-track demo, one thing is for certain you'll be hooked after a couple of plays.’
      • ‘This session allows you to bring a demo tape and have your song evaluated by a panel of music pros.’
      • ‘I was similarly impressed with a demo she recorded to show what her version of the Paper Dolls would sound like.’
      • ‘We went in with him one weekend to record some demos.’
      • ‘Harris wanted a female singer to record demos of his songs.’
      • ‘Within a year, they recorded a demo, released two singles and an album.’
      • ‘Slick gave the singers demos of his backing tracks and encouraged them to come up with words and melodies.’
      • ‘We also get to hear the original demo recording of the title song.’
      • ‘The band apparently sent him a demo and he liked it so much he asked them out to Fort Apache in Cambridge, MA to record.’
      • ‘If you listen to the demos we made for the record and the actual record, they're pretty much the same.’
      • ‘About 20 of these tracks are solo acoustic demos.’
      • ‘We recorded all of the demos at Rednote Audio, which houses a mix of vintage analog gear and contemporary DAWs.’
      • ‘Disc two is a compilation of unreleased studio tracks, live cuts and demos.’
      • ‘The rest of the box set is comprised of demo tracks and live versions.’
  • 2British A public meeting or march protesting against something or expressing views on a political issue:

    ‘a peace demo’
    • ‘The action takes place in the 1960s, but the girls' private dramas unfold in a rarefied world, isolated from the political turmoil of the anti-war demos going on outside.’
    • ‘Rain failed to deter protesters turning out for an anti-war march in Colchester, which organisers hailed as one of the biggest demos in the town in recent years.’
    • ‘On Saturday two demos will take to the streets: one in support of the lab, arguing that animal testing is necessary to save human lives; the other arguing that animal lives are as valuable as our own.’
    • ‘This was one of the smaller demos, amid a movement which saw 200,000 school students take to the streets against the threat they see in him.’
    • ‘An employee/friend of my mother's is very pro-Countryside Alliance and has been attending most of the organised demos around the country.’
    • ‘A bunch of us are going to the London peace demo on Sunday.’
    • ‘He added: ‘We are still hopeful that war can be avoided, and I am sure the previous big demos have had an impact.’’
    • ‘Public demos are likely to continue after parliament ruled the initial poll invalid and passed a symbolic, non-binding vote of no-confidence in the electoral commission.’
    • ‘The socialite and sometime model appeared before a judge at Bow Street magistrates court for obstructing the highway during last week's pro-hunting demos in London.’
    • ‘I mean, how many demos do you go on these days where a majority of the marchers are in their late teens or early 20s and whose aims are to defend ‘science, reasoned debate and the welfare of mankind’, no less?’
    • ‘In recent months, pro-democracy demos are attracting very few.’
    • ‘Massive pro-war demos get ignored by the professional media in favour of handfuls of ‘antiwar’ types, but blogs tell the other side of the story.’
    • ‘Anti-war protesters who scribbled graffiti on Queen Victoria's statue and Lancaster Town Hall during the demos faced criminal charges yesterday.’
    • ‘There will also be demos at many other Spanish cities.’
    • ‘But because of the foot and mouth crisis, the Whitby-based peace campaigners organising the demo switched venues to Whitby town centre bandstand.’
    protest, protest march, march, parade, rally, lobby, sit-in, sit-down, sleep-in, stoppage, strike, walkout, picket, picket line, blockade
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1Record (a song or piece of music) to demonstrate the capabilities of a musical group or performer or as preparation for a full recording:

    ‘they've already demoed twelve new songs’
    • ‘The final track listing features songs which, having previously been demoed, were each recorded in the span of a single day.’
    • ‘I've been writing songs and I'm almost ready to go into the studio to start demoing my next album.’
    • ‘We'll demo a bunch of songs and then pick which ones will stay and which won't.’
    • ‘The album's been demoed and ready to be recorded for at least a year, if not more.’
    • ‘We're just starting to demo the new album.’
    • ‘The song was demoed and we began to pitch it to producers and record companies.’
    • ‘The process we go through is to start demoing songs in our rehearsal space, and then kind of cut them down - we look back and realize which parts definitely don't make the cut.’
    • ‘The lads are presently demoing and writing new material and with a growing fan base it is coming as no surprise that their music is getting more and more attention.’
    • ‘We were demoing the song early last year with just a guitar line when Chris played this little, spacey riff.’
    • ‘Most of Abbey Road's songs were demoed that January, while Let It Be was cobbled together by Phil Spector from the raw material on the tapes.’
    • ‘After we finish this tour, we are going to demo some tracks for that next album.’
    • ‘It used to be that the guys with the money owned all the gear and you had to pay big bucks to demo your songs.’
  • 2Demonstrate the capabilities of (software or another product):

    ‘Apple is expected to demo the newest version of its mobile operating system at the conference next week’
    • ‘Sharp has just demoed the final version of the PDA in California.’
    • ‘This enables sales reps to demo products in cafes or busy execs to catch up with email during lulls in conference room meetings, for example.’
    • ‘Many manufacturers have a booth and basically demo their new or latest products.’
    • ‘Almost every memory maker at the show demoed some solutions for notebooks.’
    • ‘In June 2004 the head of the company's research centre demoed a handset powered by a prototype fuel cell.’
    • ‘They'll give presentations on the designs and demo the titles.’
    • ‘When you demo a game over and over again, you start to get a strong sense for what the best parts of your game are, what's really exciting people, and what's not working yet.’
    • ‘WeI'd like to thank Chaintech for inviting us, and thanks to the manufacturers who were nice enough to demo some cool stuff.’
    • ‘After spending three to four days talking about and demoing your game, not to mention two weeks of crunch time in preparation for the show, you're ready for a nice vacation.’
    • ‘Why don't you follow me through to the testing area we have set up for you and you can demo your software to us.’
    • ‘Comodo demoed the technology at Microsoft's recent WinHEC development conference.’
    • ‘Wright demoed the tool at last August's DefCon but held off its release until Cisco was able to make a fix available.’
    • ‘Toshiba Research Europe demoed a prototype system that applied quantum cryptography to the transmission of streaming video.’
    • ‘Both handsets will be demoed at Acer's press event on 31 August.’
    • ‘Not long ago, Comdex was the one and only place where any self-respecting technology company would demo a new product line.’
    • ‘The fantasy has now become a reality after a Californian research team released a video demoing the futuristic vehicle.’
    • ‘When I saw the unit demoed in NYC a few months ago I was very impressed.’
    • ‘The company has also demoed a 25-tooth cantilever, arranged as a five-by-five array.’
    1. 2.1 Test (software or another product), typically with a view to a future purchase:
      ‘if you want to demo the app first, a free download is also available for you to test out’
      • ‘Rely on your dealer to help you make the best choice, and demo the machine to see how well it meets your needs.’
      • ‘We invite everyone to visit us and take advantage of the opportunity to demo our products in a comfortable atmosphere.’
      • ‘You can demo the product by registering without paying, which gets you 24 hrs of use.’
      • ‘Understudy can be downloaded and demoed free for 30 days, during which time technical support via e-mail is also free.’
      • ‘We demoed a lot of hard disk systems - we looked at the RADAR, the Mackie, Tascam.’
      • ‘When I had the opportunity to demo the unit at various trade shows and play with it at retail stores, I became convinced that Apple was really onto something.’
      • ‘If you get the chance to demo an Amp Cell don't miss out on it!’
      • ‘Photographers can demo the latest camera's and photography gadgets.’
      • ‘We had a chance to demo some of the new 3DS games on offer at last week's event.’
      • ‘Each CD-ROM allows the user to demo the software a maximum of ten times.’
      • ‘Games can be demoed free and purchased or rented a la carte, or players can subscribe to the OnLive PlayPack for unlimited play of more than 200 games, with more titles added monthly.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of demonstration and demonstrate.

Pronunciation:

demo

/ˈdɛməʊ/

Main definitions of demo in English

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demo2

noun

US
informal
  • ‘both channels managed to maintain ratings among young male demos’
    short for demographic
    • ‘We've added a number of younger columnists to our mix - and not because some advertiser demanded younger demos!’
    • ‘It sported a tag that was an instant turnoff to the core teen demo (that's mom's brand).’
    • ‘Eyeing an older demo, print ads will run in Good Housekeeping and Better Homes & Gardens.’
    • ‘The skew to an equal number of boys and girls, and to an older demo, allowing for a trickle-down to younger ones, has also propelled the phenom.’
    • ‘"It seems as if the 'tween demo we're trying to hit doesn't have a regular place to go," he says.’
    • ‘Because a youthful image is appealing, people tweak generational lines, hoping to shift themselves into younger demos.’
    • ‘Woodbridge is priced around $7.99, while Coastal hovers around $9-$12 and aims for a younger demo.’
    • ‘While their films consistently aim at the 12 year-old boy demo, this takes it to a lower level entirely.’

Pronunciation:

demo

/ˈdɛməʊ/