Definition of compact disc in English:

compact disc

(also cd, compact disk)

noun

  • A small plastic disc on which music or other digital information is stored, and from which the information can be read using reflected laser light.

    See also CD-ROM
    • ‘Twenty years ago, compact discs started the digital revolution.’
    • ‘He says the roar was originally on a 78 record, then transferred on to a cassette tape, then a compact disc and is now stored as a digital computer sound.’
    • ‘A new compact disk featuring some great traditional entertainers was recently launched.’
    • ‘Cory, as usual, ran to the music store to buy compact discs.’
    • ‘Digital technologies like audio compact discs permit perfect-quality copies (as opposed to analog taping).’
    • ‘With prices of compact discs and digital mass-reproduction equipment falling steeply, international music has suddenly become a lot more affordable.’
    • ‘It's believed around 1,000 shots were taken by several digital cameras and stored on compact discs.’
    • ‘Vendors are seen hawking large consignments of assorted music tapes and compact discs.’
    • ‘Music companies that produced and distributed both cassettes and compact discs tended to put the blame on royalty payments and operating costs.’
    • ‘Record companies accuse online file-sharing networks of contributing to falling music sales by letting fans share high quality digital copies made from compact discs.’
    • ‘Your voice is converted to a digital signal, like the sound from an old record when it is recorded on a compact disk.’
    • ‘Here, sonic blasts from the past are entombed in a hodgepodge of vinyl records, compact discs and reel-to-reel tapes.’
    • ‘In the case of an audio compact disk, the sampling is done 44,100 times a second.’
    • ‘Most journalists used the Internet, compact discs and public records in order to extract information.’
    • ‘A long time ago, the computer industry decided to settle on a single set of technology standards for recording and rewriting compact discs.’
    • ‘They listen to digital compact discs or digital satellite radio and talk on digital cell phones.’
    • ‘The compact disc may still rule for the next five years but it may not outlast the digital war.’
    • ‘The floppy disk has several replacements, including writeable compact discs and keychain flash memory devices.’
    • ‘Several of the cassettes and compact discs he'd picked out here were country and classical music ones.’
    • ‘The changeover in the industry from vinyl analogue recordings to digital compact discs happened remarkably quickly.’

Pronunciation:

compact disc

/ˈˌkämpakt ˈdisk/