from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A demonstration, as of a product or service.
  • n. A brief tape or recording illustrating the abilities of a musician or other performer.
  • n. Informal A product, such as an automobile, used for demonstration and often sold later at a discount.
  • n. Informal Demolition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • abbr. demonstrate
  • abbr. democrat
  • abbr. demographic (noun)
  • abbr. demolition
  • n. a brief demonstration or visual explanation
  • n. a recording of a song meant to demonstrate its overall sound for the purpose of getting it published or recorded more fully
  • n. an example of a product used for demonstration and then sold at a discount
  • n. a march or gathering to make a political protest
  • n. An edition of limited functionality to give the user an example of how the program works.
  • n. a non-interactive audiovisual computer program developed by enthusiasts to demonstrate the capabilities of the machine (see demoscene)
  • v. To record a demo version of a song, usually not intended for commercial release.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a visual presentation showing how something works
  • v. give an exhibition of to an interested audience


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  • A contranym in the sense of demolish v. promote.

    July 9, 2010