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raid

acronym; verb; zero derivation conversion from noun to verb
RAID, V To join together separate storage disks to achieve data backup or faster read/write times [Acronym formed from Redudant Array of Independent Disks, and conversion to use as a verb]
 
As with most acronyms, it is the result of a speaker's desire to be succinct. Used as a verd (new use) or noun (old use).
Etymology : Redudant Array of Independent Disks This acronym (it was heard pronounced 'raid') stands for 'Redundant Array of Independent Disks, and is used in the computer industry frequently nowadays. This word shows a similar conversion (from noun to verb) to bridge. To 'bridge a gap' (verb) means 'to form a bridge over a gap' (noun), similar to the way 'to RAID two hard drives' (neologism - verb) has come to mean 'to form a redundant array between them' (old form - noun).
Source : 'Two hard drives, are you going to raid them?' - Brother - conversation about computers - Aug 2008
Last modified: 22 November 2008


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