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multitasking

performing two or more tasks with a computer at the same time. The computer actually processes a small part of one task at a time, switching from one to another in a commutative manner, but it can handle so many pieces of data in brief time segments that the operator or operators are not aware of the computer switching. Also called time-sharing.

multitasking

Informatics The ability of an operating system to simultaneously run multiple programs–eg, graphics, spreadsheets, word processing or formats of software–eg, coding, compiling, testing

Multitasking

Performing multiple duties or taking on multiple responsibilities and roles simultaneously.
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