(v) (1) To copy a piece of data
to a temporary location. In word processing
, for example, copying
refers to duplicating a section of a document
and placing it in a buffer
(sometimes called a clipboard
). The term copy
differs from cut
, which refers to actually removing a section of a document and placing it in a buffer. After cutting or copying, you can move the contents of the buffer by pasting
it somewhere else.
(2) In file management, the term copy refers to making a duplicate of a file.
(n) A duplicate of a piece of data, such as a file or a directory.