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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

word′ proc`essing(n.)

  1. the automated production and storage of documents using computers, electronic printers, and text-editing software.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. word processing(noun)

    rapid and efficient processing (storage and printing) of linguistic data for composition and editing


  1. word processing(Noun)

    The creation, input, editing and formatting of documents and other text using software on a computer

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Word Processing

    Text editing and storage functions using computer software.


  1. Word processor

    A word processor is an electric or electronic device, or computer software application, that, as directed by the user, performs word processing: the composition, editing, formatting, and sometimes printing of any sort of written material. Word processing can also refer to advanced shorthand techniques, sometimes used in specialized contexts with a specially modified typewriter. The term was coined at IBM's Böblingen, West Germany Laboratory in the 1960s. Typical features of a modern word processor include font application, spell checking, grammar checking, a built-in thesaurus, automatic text correction, Web integration, and HTML exporting, among others. In its simplest form, a word processor is little more than a large expensive typewriter that makes correcting mistakes easy. The word processor was as a stand-alone office machine in the 1960s, combining the keyboard text-entry and printing functions of an electric typewriter, with a recording unit, either tape or floppy disk, and a bank of relays to perform basic formatting. Soon the word processor had a dedicated computer processor for the editing of text.

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