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debug

Informal
something, esp a computer program, that locates and removes defects in (a device, system, etc.)

debug

[dē′bəg]
(computer science)
To test for, locate, and remove mistakes from a program or malfunctions from a computer.
(electronics)
To detect and remove secretly installed listening devices popularly known as bugs.
(engineering)
To eliminate from a newly designed system the components and circuits that cause early failures.

DEBUG

(software, tool)
The bundled compiler/assembler for DOS/Windows after CP/M.

["DOS Power Tools, Techniques, Tricks, and Utilities, PC Magazine, Paul Somerson Executive Editor, Bantam Books, 1988].

debug

Debug means to find the location of a problem. To debug software requires isolating the errant source code (bad program logic). Debugging a new hardware design means finding errors in the circuit logic. Debugging existing hardware often entails finding malfunctioning interconnections.


Sometimes You Need a Hammer!
Hammers are not normally part of the debugging toolkit. However, many years ago, in order to find a scrolling bug in the Windows version of this encyclopedia, the text had to be scrolled for many minutes until it crashed. For future testing, a built-in auto scroll was later added.
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All molds are sampled and debugged prior to shipment.