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1[attributive] (of a computer system) able to be used by a number of people simultaneously.
- ‘And we'd say that surely a more solid, multi-tasking, multi-user operating system that crashes less frequently would perhaps make for a better solution.’
- ‘The server is a multi-tasking, multi-user computer system that provides a variety of shared resources and managerial functions, including those of Internet gateway, firewall, e-mail, file storage and system backup.’
- ‘Does it make sense to buy a couple of these for a home multi-user system, rather than everybody having to have a PC?’
- ‘Since those days, most multi-user operating systems have employed some degree of virtualization, though in the past it was quite a different beast than today's cross-platform emulation.’
- ‘Being a multi-user system, this software must establish some user access control.’
- 1.1 Denoting a video game in which several players interact simultaneously using the Internet or other communications.
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