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Meaning of computer by Wiktionary Dictionary

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    An electronic computer ( circa early 1980s ).

    Etymology

    From compute +‎ -er .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /kəmˈpjuːtə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /kəmˈpjutɚ/
    • Rhymes: -uːtə( r )

    Noun

    computer ( plural: computers )

    1. ( now rare, chiefly historical ) A person employed to perform computations. [from 17th c.]
    2. 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. [from 20th c.]

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Explanation of computer by Wordnet Dictionary

computer


    Noun
    1. a machine for performing calculations automatically

    2. an expert at calculation ( or at operating calculating machines )



    Definition of computer by GCIDE Dictionary

    computer


    1. Computer ( kŏmpūtẽr ), n.
      1. 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.

      Syn. -- data processor, electronic computer, information processing system.

      3. ( Computers ) same as digital computer.