A CDE Definition
(1) The normal running mode of a computer, executing programs from its built-in instruction set. Contrast with emulation mode. See native language.
(2) The highest performance state of a computer. For example, in the early days of the PC when 16-bit applications were common, running in 32-bit, 386 Protected Mode was the x86 chip's native mode.
The machine language of a particular CPU family such as x86, ARM or IBM System z. Also known as "native code." See native executable, machine language and native mode.
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