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1. any optical device by means of which something is viewed, esp one used for viewing photographic transparencies
2. Law a person appointed by a court to inspect and report upon property, etc.
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A program to allow a file to be read (or played) but not changed. Viewers are often freely distributable, even when the editor application is not. This allows you to create files with the editor and make the viewer available to other users to view your files, e.g. on a website. Examples include the Word and Adobe Acrobat viewers.
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viewer(1) A program that renders the contents of a digital file on screen. Also called a "browser," viewers may be stand-alone programs or components within a larger application. For audio and video formats, media players are used. See file viewer, graphics viewer, newsreader and media player.
(2) A person who looks at an image or watches a movie.
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