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  1. beta software software that has not yet been released but has received an alpha test and still has more bugs than a regular release
  2. software written programs operating on a computer system
  3. alpha software a first release of a software product that is usually tested only by the developers
  4. vicissitude a variation in circumstances or fortune
  5. supervisory software specialized programs that reside permanently in the computer's main memory and control the processing of user's programs
  6. systems software a program (as an operating system or compiler or utility program) that controls some aspect of the operation of a computer
  7. laissez faire a doctrine that government should not interfere in commerce
  8. very softly a direction in music; to be played very softly
  9. face saver an act that avoids a loss of face (of dignity or prestige)
  10. water softener a substance (such as sodium chloride) that lessens the hardness of water by replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions and so gives the water more efficient sudsing power
  11. laissez-faire with minimally restricted freedom, especially in commerce
  12. Vicia sativa herbaceous climbing plant valuable as fodder and for soil-building
  13. vice squad a police group to enforce laws against gambling and prostitution
  14. soft roe fish sperm or sperm-filled reproductive gland
  15. mesosphere the atmospheric layer between the stratosphere and the thermosphere
  16. chase after go after with the intent to catch
  17. gas fitter a workman who installs and repairs gas fixtures and appliances
  18. six-footer a person who is at least six feet tall
  19. genus Vittaria tropical epiphytic ferns with straplike fronds
  20. Venus's flytrap carnivorous plant of coastal plains of the Carolinas having sensitive hinged marginally bristled leaf blades that close and entrap insects