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Origin of computer
OTHER WORDS FROM computer
com·put·er·like, adjectivenon·com·put·er, adjective
Words nearby computer
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Example sentences from the Web for computer
In this war, the targeting is often happening on computer monitors thousands of miles away, capturing images from drones.
The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.
Just a few short years ago, I sat down at my computer, and I typed out a similar goodbye letter.
Turn off the TV, put down your phone, and log off the computer.
British Dictionary definitions for computer
- a device, usually electronic, that processes data according to a set of instructions. The digital computer stores data in discrete units and performs arithmetical and logical operations at very high speed. The analog computer has no memory and is slower than the digital computer but has a continuous rather than a discrete input. The hybrid computer combines some of the advantages of digital and analog computersSee also digital computer, analog computer, hybrid computer
- (as modifier)computer technology Related prefix: cyber-
a person who computes or calculates
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Scientific definitions for computer
A programmable machine that performs high-speed processing of numbers, as well as of text, graphics, symbols, and sound. All computers contain a central processing unit that interprets and executes instructions; input devices, such as a keyboard and a mouse, through which data and commands enter the computer; memory that enables the computer to store programs and data; and output devices, such as printers and display screens, that show the results after the computer has processed data.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Cultural definitions for computer
An electronic device that stores and manipulates information. Unlike a calculator, it is able to store a program and retrieve information from its memory. Most computers today are digital, which means they perform operations with quantities represented electronically as digits.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.