Definition of preprogram in US English:



[with object]usually as adjective preprogrammed
  • 1Program (a computer or other electronic device) in advance for ease of use.

    ‘a preprogrammed function key’
    • ‘Being predisposed does not mean one is a helpless preprogrammed robot with no moral choice in the matter.’
    • ‘It appears that the machines had been preprogrammed with a few hundred votes.’
    • ‘Devices of all sorts, including preprogrammed hand-held organizers, have been developed to engage audience members' intellectual curiosity.’
    • ‘They perform side-by-side on a barren stage with the beats played by a preprogrammed drum machine.’
    • ‘The instrument we provide is preprogrammed for immediate operation.’
    • ‘They had an automatic phone fitted in his office, preprogrammed to enable him to reach other numbers at the push of a single button.’
    • ‘Quiet but not shy, he's thoughtful and intelligent, without seeming preprogrammed to promote his blossoming career.’
    • ‘Faucets also are available that can be preprogrammed to your desired temperature setting.’
    • ‘He had already preprogrammed the tactical display to show the status of their ships as well as his.’
    • ‘And now we are in a position where we have clocks in all of our computers and a lot of our electronic devices which are preprogrammed to spring forward on a particular day.’
    • ‘The three machines here offer up all the standard basic features, as well as a slew of other convenient functions such as the preprogrammed popcorn button (hold the salt and butter, naturally).’
    • ‘We're not blank slates and we're not preprogrammed biological robots, of course.’
    • ‘Push a preprogrammed button, which dials someone's personal ID and instantly connects you to that person's phone.’
    • ‘A robot can be preprogrammed to fight someone with laser claws.’
    • ‘The words that they choose seem to be preprogrammed to elicit a specific reaction from the person that they are speaking to.’
    1. 1.1 Program (something) into a computer or other electronic device before use.
      ‘preprogrammed messages’
      • ‘It also maintains the preprogrammed balloon pressure and controls the temperature of the water bath.’
      • ‘Each sentence of his lecture is therefore preprogrammed into his computer, and Hawking controls the pace of its delivery through his limited hand movement and the cursor.’
      • ‘The device wakes on a preprogrammed schedule or by external alarm/sensor trigger and powers on the GPS module to ascertain location.’
      • ‘Multiple mission sequences can be preprogrammed and stored in the computer.’
      • ‘In the event that the system detects a health emergency, it can dial preprogrammed emergency numbers and pinpoint the victim's location with GPS.’
      • ‘Drones operate autonomously via an onboard computer with the flight plan preprogrammed before launch.’
      • ‘Operated by concealed mechanisms, preprogrammed instructions, or by remote control, these machines were a craze among the polite classes of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries.’
      • ‘It is easy to postulate that migratory instincts and capacities were all preprogrammed into the original created kinds.’
      • ‘Unlike all subsequent people born, therefore, some of their vocabulary would have had to have been preprogrammed.’
      • ‘Our exclusive package includes much more, like preprogrammed messages and sequences of movements, and training for the humans.’
      • ‘Both share features you'd expect from a speakerphone: the ability to preprogram frequently called numbers, volume controls, a call timer, and a mute button.’
      • ‘If the line happens to be busy, it will call the next number that is already preprogrammed into the device.’
      • ‘It is possible for the crew to select preprogrammed multiple mission sequences which have been stored in the computer.’
      • ‘Deep in the solar system, probe 223 started sending out its preprogrammed signal.’
      • ‘He smiled at her and walked away, leaving her standing open-mouthed beside the elevator, which due to its preprogrammed instructions had closed its doors and returned to the lobby, oblivious to the lives of the human beings it served.’
      • ‘Our taped song of the young male suggests that whisper songs may not be entirely preprogrammed and that learning may play a role in this species also.’
      • ‘All it needed was to have preprogrammed responses for those 40,000 everyday utterances.’
      mechanized, mechanical, automated, push-button, preprogrammed, computerized, electronic, robotic, unmanned
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