- noun the use of computers and graphics terminals to help a designer in his or her work.
- The use of computer hardware and software to design models and products. high resolution monitors are combined with powerful CPUs and sophisticated software, to enable the design of anything from ICs to airplanes. Such systems allow users to view and manipulate objects in two or three dimensions, using outlines or solid shapes, while keeping track of and updating any changes which affect other components of the object, among many other available functions. Its acronym is CAD.
- synonym computer-assisted design
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