An interrupt signal generated by a program or device that has waited a certain length of time for some input but has not received it. Many programs perform time-outs so that the program does not sit idle waiting for input that may never come. For example, automatic bank-teller machines perform a time-out if you do not enter your password quickly enough.
Also spelled timeout.
- time sharing
Refers to the concurrent use of a computer by more than one user — users share the computer’s time. Time sharing is synonymous with multi-user. Almost all mainframes and minicomputers are time-sharing systems, but most personal computers and workstations are not.
A malicious program that is programmed to “detonate” at a specific time and release a virus onto the computer system or network.
In color, the word tint is used to reference how light a color is. Shades are derived from a combination of hue and white. For example, red, when saturated with white creates a tint of pink. Contrast with shade. See “The Science of Color” in the Did You Know… section of
(1) In video editing, timeline is a commonly used interface found in most video editing programs. This interface enables authors to lay a video project out in a linear fashion horizontally across a monitor. (2) A chronological display of an edited sequence in a non-linear editing system.
- title bar
A bar on top of a window. The title bar contains the name of the file or application. In many graphical user interfaces, including the Macintosh and Microsoft Windows interfaces, you move (drag) a window by grabbing the title bar.