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 for magnetic core
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  magnetic core
      n 1: (computer science) a tiny ferrite toroid formerly used in a
           random access memory to store one bit of data; now
           superseded by semiconductor memories; "each core has three
           wires passing through it, providing the means to select and
           detect the contents of each bit" [syn: core, magnetic

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