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 for demo
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  demo
      n 1: a visual presentation showing how something works; "the
           lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations"; "the
           lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the
           startle response" [syn: demonstration, demo]
      v 1: give an exhibition of to an interested audience; "She shows
           her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in
           Washington" [syn: show, demo, exhibit, present,
           demonstrate]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  demo
   /de'moh/
  
      [short for ?demonstration?]
  
      1. v. To demonstrate a product or prototype. A far more effective way of
      inducing bugs to manifest than any number of test runs, especially when
      important people are watching.
  
      2. n. The act of demoing. ?I've gotta give a demo of the drool-proof
      interface; how does it work again??
  
      3. n. Esp. as demo version, can refer either to an early, barely-functional
      version of a program which can be used for demonstration purposes as long
      as the operator uses exactly the right commands and skirts its numerous
      bugs, deficiencies, and unimplemented portions, or to a special version of
      a program (frequently with some features crippled) which is distributed at
      little or no cost to the user for enticement purposes.
  
      4. [{demoscene] A sequence of demoeffects (usually) combined with
      self-composed music and hand-drawn (?pixelated?) graphics. These days
      (1997) usually built to attend a compo. Often called eurodemos outside
      Europe, as most of the demoscene activity seems to have gathered in
      northern Europe and especially Scandinavia. See also intro, dentro.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  demo
  
     /de'moh/ 1. A demonstration of a product, often of an early
     version or prototype.  A demo is a far more effective way of
     inducing bugs to manifest themselves than any number of test
     runs, especially when important people are watching.
  
     2. demo version.
  
     3. A program written to demonstrate the programmer's coding
     ability and/or the power of the computer it runs on.  Such
     demos are nearly always written in machine code and
     traditionally feature scrolling text about the author, his
     friends, his code and anything else he fancies and animated
     graphics.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-11-04)
  

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