Definitions for COMPUTERkəmˈpyu tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. computer, computing machine, computing device, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system(noun)

    a machine for performing calculations automatically

  2. calculator, reckoner, figurer, estimator, computer(noun)

    an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)


  1. Computer(n.)

    (Computers) same as digital computer.

  2. Computer(n.)

    One who computes.2. (Computers) an electronic device for performing calculations automatically. It consists of a clock to provide voltage pulses to synchronize the operations of the devices within the computer, a central processing unit, where the arithmetical and logical operations are performed on data, a random-access memory, where the programs and data are stored for rapid access, devices to input data and output results, and various other peripheral devices of widely varied function, as well as circuitry to support the main operations. This modern sense of computer comprises the stored-program computers, in which multiple steps in a calculation may be stored within the computer itself as instructions in a program, and are then executed by the computer without further intervention of the operator. Different types of computer are variously called analog computer, number cruncher, number-cruncher, digital computer, and pari-mutuel machine, totalizer, totaliser, totalizator, totalisator.


  1. computer(Noun)

    A person employed to perform computations.

  2. computer(Noun)

    A programmable electronic device that performs mathematical calculations and logical operations, especially one that can process, store and retrieve large amounts of data very quickly; now especially, a small one for personal or home use employed for manipulating text or graphics, accessing the Internet, or playing games or media.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Computer(noun)

    one who computes


  1. Computer

    A computer is a general purpose device that can be programmed to carry out a finite set of arithmetic or logical operations. Since a sequence of operations can be readily changed, the computer can solve more than one kind of problem. Conventionally, a computer consists of at least one processing element, typically a central processing unit and some form of memory. The processing element carries out arithmetic and logic operations, and a sequencing and control unit that can change the order of operations based on stored information. Peripheral devices allow information to be retrieved from an external source, and the result of operations saved and retrieved. The Z3 by German inventor Konrad Zuse from 1941 was the first working programmable, fully automatic computing machine. Thus, Zuse is often regarded as the inventor of the computer. The first electronic digital computers were developed between 1940 and 1945 in the United Kingdom and United States. Originally they were the size of a large room, consuming as much power as several hundred modern personal computers. In this era mechanical analog computers were used for military applications. Modern computers based on integrated circuits are millions to billions of times more capable than the early machines, and occupy a fraction of the space. Simple computers are small enough to fit into mobile devices, and mobile computers can be powered by small batteries. Personal computers in their various forms are icons of the Information Age and are what most people think of as “computers.” However, the embedded computers found in many devices from MP3 players to fighter aircraft and from toys to industrial robots are the most numerous.

Editors Contribution

  1. Computer

    Common oriented machine purely used for technical electronic research

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMPUTER' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #710

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMPUTER' in Written Corpus Frequency: #934

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMPUTER' in Nouns Frequency: #220

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