One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of computer hardware or software) able to operate independently of other hardware or software.‘a stand-alone application’‘it can be used stand-alone or as part of the network’
- ‘It's a stand-alone network device, so you don't need to install any drivers on your PC for it.’
- ‘This model does not have a modem built into it, and it makes sense since this computer is not meant as a stand-alone machine.’
- ‘Each program can operate as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with the other component.’
- ‘It can access and view images from a remote computer or be used as a stand-alone program.’
- ‘It can run as a stand-alone application, or directly into Windows Explorer.’
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