Definition

power-up (or power-on)

Part of the Hardware glossary:

Power-up (or the synonym "power-on") is a verb meaning to apply electrical power to a device - that is, to "turn it on" as most of us would say about turning on a light switch when entering a dark room. A term long favored by engineers, it permeates computer and other device documentation and most of today's computer users have gradually come to terms with it.

This was last updated in March 2011
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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