• (British) IPA: /ˈdɛm.əʊ/

demo (plural demos)

  1. (informal) A demonstration or visual explanation.
    The professor prepared a demo to help her class understand the topic.
  2. (informal) A recording of a song meant to demonstrate its overall sound for the purpose of getting it published or recorded more fully.
    After hearing the demo the record label approved funding to record the song with a full band.
  3. (informal) An example of a product used for demonstration and then sold at a discount.
    Synonyms: floor model
  4. (informal) A march or gathering to make a political protest.
    Synonyms: march, demonstration
    • 2007, Indra Sinha, Animal's People, Simon and Schuster (ISBN 9781471152900)
      Elli standing there, takes a sip of her tea, fixes hostile eyes on Somraj and says, ‘Well, what are you waiting for? You signed the petition against yourself, will you now join our demo against you?’
  5. (computing, informal) An edition of limited functionality to give the user an example of how the program works.
    The game's developers released a demo version to the public 3 months before the full release.
  6. (computing, demoscene, informal) A non-interactive audiovisual computer program developed by enthusiasts to demonstrate the capabilities of the machine. See demoscene.
    • 1996, "John Bus", Amiga Domain - An Aussie Scene Party! (on newsgroup alt.sys.amiga.demos)
      This party will have it all for the Amiga scener: demos, competitions, dealers, and huge projection screen and sound system to entertain you.
    • 2007, Game Face (issues 21-25)
      Though the idea of procedural textures has been around for years, they have primarily been exploited by the demo scene, made famous by impressive demos like kkrieger, and haven't hit it big in the game industry yet […]
    • 2008, Tamás Polgár, Freax: the brief history of the demoscene: Volume 1
      A very successful PC demo from 1993, Second Reality from Future Crew […]
  7. (informal) A democrat.
  8. (informal, collective) A demographic group.
    The target demo of the new show will be children between 6 and 8 years old.
  9. (informal) Demolition.
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  • French: démo
  • Italian: demo
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demo (demos, present participle demoing; past and past participle demoed)

  1. (informal) To record a demo version of a song, usually not intended for commercial release.
    The band demoed thirty songs. Their manager thought that ten of the songs would make a good record.
  2. (informal) To demonstrate.

demo (demos, present participle demoing; past and past participle demoed)

  1. (informal) To demolish (especially a house or fixture).

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