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task

[task]
(computer science)
A set of instructions, data, and control information capable of being executed by the central processing unit of a digital computer in order to accomplish some purpose; in a multiprogramming environment, tasks compete with one another for control of the central processing unit, but in a nonmultiprogramming environment a task is simply the current work to be done.

Task

 

(1) An assigned goal one strives to achieve.

(2) An errand or assignment.

(3) A problem that must be solved with specific information and reflection—for example, a mathematical problem, a chess problem, a logic problem, or a writing problem.

(4) A method of instruction and of checking accomplishments and skills used in all types of general and specialized schools.

task

An independently running program. See multitasking.
References in classic literature ?
I'll undertake the task, and you'll hear from me again before sunset to-morrow.
Then Ferko went straight to the palace and told the King that he was ready to perform the third task if he would come to the hill and see it done.
But Thistle could not stay, for half his task was not yet done; and he longed for sunlight and Lily-Bell.
Then his second task was done, and he flew gayly back to the green earth and slumbering Lily-Bell.
Yet it is my last task, and for Lily-Bell's sake I must not fear or falter now," said Thistle.
The task of instruction was as arduous for the body as the mind.
Day after day has been employed upon this senseless task, and yet it is not half accomplished.
But there remains a greater task, to find out the author of all this or sorrow and to stamp him out.
For there is a terrible task before us, and once our feet are on the ploughshare we must not draw back."
The artistic thing is, to unmask honest countenances; it's no light task, I admit, but a real art."
From house to house warm winter robes are spread, And through the pine-woods red Floats up the sound of the washerman's bat who plies His hurried task ere the brief noon wanes and dies.
To find clothing seemed no easy task; but Tip boldly ransacked the great chest in which Mombi kept all her keepsakes and treasures, and at the very bottom he discovered some purple trousers, a red shirt and a pink vest which was dotted with white spots.