Definitions for computerkəmˈpyu tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•put•erkəmˈpyu tər(n.)

  1. a programmable electronic device designed for performing prescribed operations on data at high speed, esp. one housed with or linked to other devices for inputting, storing, retrieving, and displaying the data.

    Category: Computers

  2. one that computes.

Origin of computer:

1640–50

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)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. computer(noun)əmˈpyu tər

    a machine that sends, receives, calculates, and stores information

    She was working on her computer.; a computer screen/keyboard/program

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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


Translations for computer

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

computer(noun)

an electronic machine capable of storing and processing large amounts of information and of performing calculations

The whole process is done by computer; PC means `personal computer'; a computer game; a computer program.

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