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com·put·er

 (kəm-pyo͞o′tər)
n.
1.
a. A device that computes, especially a programmable electronic machine that performs high-speed mathematical or logical operations or that assembles, stores, correlates, or otherwise processes information.
b. Such a device along with peripherals, especially a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
2. One who computes.

computer

(kəmˈpjuːtə)
n
1. (Computer Science)
a. 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 computers. See also digital computer, analog computer, hybrid computer
b. (as modifier): computer technology. cyber-
2. a person who computes or calculates

com•put•er

(kəmˈpyu 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.
2. one that computes.
[1640–50]

com·put·er

(kəm-pyo͞o′tər)
An electronic device capable of processing information according to a set of instructions stored within the device. See Note at program.

computer

1. A device for processing information at high speeds by electronic methods.
2. A versatile electronic data-processing device with at least three components. Input and output is digital or analog, and processing involves storage, control, and arithmetical operations.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.computer - a machine for performing calculations automaticallycomputer - a machine for performing calculations automatically
interconnection - (computer science) the act of interconnecting (wires or computers or theories etc.)
analog computer, analogue computer - a computer that represents information by variable quantities (e.g., positions or voltages)
busbar, bus - an electrical conductor that makes a common connection between several circuits; "the busbar in this computer can transmit data either way between any two components of the system"
cathode-ray tube, CRT - a vacuum tube in which a hot cathode emits a beam of electrons that pass through a high voltage anode and are focused or deflected before hitting a phosphorescent screen
C.P.U., central processing unit, central processor, CPU, mainframe, processor - (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing; "the CPU and the memory form the central part of a computer to which the peripherals are attached"
micro chip, microchip, microprocessor chip, silicon chip, chip - electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit
computer accessory - an accessory for a computer; "when you add in all the computer accessories you are going to need the computer gets pretty expensive"
computer circuit - a circuit that is part of a computer
console - a scientific instrument consisting of displays and an input device that an operator can use to monitor and control a system (especially a computer system)
data converter - converter for changing information from one code to another
digital computer - a computer that represents information by numerical (binary) digits
disk cache - a cache that stores copies of frequently used disk sectors in random access memory (RAM) so they can be read without accessing the slower disk
diskette, floppy, floppy disk - a small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer; "floppy disks are noted for their relatively slow speed and small capacity and low price"
faceplate - a protective covering for the front of a machine or device (as a door lock or computer component)
computer hardware, hardware - (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
home computer - a computer intended for use in the home
keyboard - device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
computer memory, computer storage, memory board, store, memory, storage - an electronic memory device; "a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"
module - computer circuit consisting of an assembly of electronic components (as of computer hardware)
monitoring device, monitor - display produced by a device that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor
client, guest, node - (computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a computer network
number cruncher - a computer capable of performing a large number of mathematical operations per second
pari-mutuel machine, totalisator, totaliser, totalizator, totalizer - computer that registers bets and divides the total amount bet among those who won
computer peripheral, peripheral, peripheral device - (computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer; "disk drives and printers are important peripherals"
platform - the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system
plotter - an instrument (usually driven by a computer) for drawing graphs or pictures
predictor - a computer for controlling antiaircraft fire that computes the position of an aircraft at the instant of a shell's arrival
scratchpad - (computer science) a high-speed internal memory used for temporary storage of preliminary information
server, host - (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network
expansion slot, slot - (computer) a socket in a microcomputer that will accept a plug-in circuit board; "the PC had three slots for additional memory"
throughput - output relative to input; the amount passing through a system from input to output (especially of a computer program over a period of time)
Turing machine - a hypothetical computer with an infinitely long memory tape
VDU, visual display unit - (British) British term for video display
2.computer - an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)computer - an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
adder - a person who adds numbers
number cruncher - someone able to perform complex and lengthy calculations
actuary, statistician - someone versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data (especially someone who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums)
subtracter - a person who subtracts numbers

computer

noun
Related words
prefix cyber-
fear cyberphobia
Quotations
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Computers

Computer parts  analogue-digital converter, arithmetic logic unit or ALU, cartridge, case, CD-rewriter, CD-Rom drive, central processing unit or CPU, chip, coaxial cable, console, control key, counter, daisywheel, DDR-RAM, digital audio player, digital camera, digitizer, DIMM, disk, disk drive, disk unit, DRAM, DVD reader, DVD writer, emulator, encoder, flatbed scanner, floppy disk, graphics card, hard drive, integrated circuit, interface, joystick, keyboard, laser printer, LCD panel, line printer, magnetic tape unit or MTU, memory, microprocessor, modem, monitor, motherboard, mouse, MP3 player, multiplexor, optical character reader, optical disk, optical scanner, port, printed circuit board, printer, processor, scanner, screen, SDRAM, SIMM, sound card, speaker, trackball, transistor, USB port, visual display unit or VDU, webcam
Computer terms  3D graphics, absolute address, access, access time, address, address bus, ADSL, algorithm, alpha-test, analogue computer, AND gate, applet, application program, architecture, archival storage, area, array, artificial intelligence or AI, ASCII, assemble, assembler, assembly language, audio response, automatic repeat, backbone, backing store, backup, bandwidth, base address, batch processing, beta-test, binary notation, bit or binary digit, black box, Bluetooth, bomb, boot or bootstrap, bottom-up processing, bpi (bits per inch), branch instruction, broadband, buffer, bug, bulletin board, bundle, bus or busbar, bus master, byte, cache memory, capture, CD-Rom, character, chipset, clip art, clock, code, COM, command, command language, communications, compatible, compiler, complex instruction set computer or CISC, computer-aided design or CAD, computer-aided design and manufacture or CADCAM, computer-aided engineering or CAE, computer-aided instruction or CAI, computer-aided (or -assisted) learning or CAL, computer-aided management or CAM, computer-aided manufacture or CAM, computer-aided teaching or CAT, computer aided trading or CAT, computerate, computer-based training or CBT, computer conferencing, computer graphics, computer input on microfilm or CIM, computer integrated manufacture or CIM, computerize, computer science, computer typesetting, concordance, concurrent processing, condition codes, configuration, constant, control commands, cookie, core memory, co-routine, corrupt, crash, cross assembler, cursor, cut and paste, cybercafé, cyberpunk, cyberspace, cycle, DAC, data, data bank, database, database management, databus, data capture, dataflow architecture, data processing, data protection, data structure, Datel (trademark), debugging, decision support system, decision table, default, desktop, desktop publishing or DTP, development system, device, digit, digital computer, digital fount, digital imaging, digital mapping, digital watermark, digitize, direct-access or random-access storage, direct memory access or DMA, directory, disassembler, distributed array processor, distributed logic, dithering, document, document reader, DOS or disk operating system (trademark), dot matrix, download, downsize, down time, dumb terminal, dump, dpi or dots per inch, driver, dump, duplex, EBCDIC or extended binary-coded decimal-interchange code, echo, ecommerce, edit, editor, EEPROM, electronic flight information systems, electronic mail or E-mail, electronic office, electronic publishing, emulator, encryption, error message, escape routine, exclusive OR circuit, exit, expansion slot, expert system, extranet, fail-safe, field, fifth-generation, file, file manager, filename, firewall, FireWire, firmware, flag, flops or floating-point operations per second, flowchart, freeware, front-end processor, FTP or file transfer protocol, function, function key, fuzzy, gate, gateway, gif, giga-, gigabyte, global search, graphical user interface, graphics, hacker, hand-held computer, handshake, hard card, hard copy, hardware, hard-wired, help screens, hexadecimal notation, high-level language, host, hot key, housekeeping, HTML, hybrid computer, hypermedia, hypertext, icon, idle time, image enhancement, incremental plotter, incremental recorder, infect, information technology, initialize, input, input device, input/output or I/O, install, instruction, intelligent knowledge-based system or IKBS, intelligent terminal, interactive, interactive video, Internet, interpreter, interrupt, intranet, ISDN, job, jpeg, key in, keyword, kilo-, kilobyte, LAN, language, lapheld, laptop, legacy, linked list, liveware, load, location, local area network, logic bomb, logic circuit, logic programming, login, log in, log out, loop, low-level language, machine code, machine learning, machine readable, machine translation, macro, magnetic bubble, mail bombing, mainframe, main memory, manager, mega-, megabyte, memory mapping, menu, menu-driven, microcomputer, microprocessor, midi, minicomputer, mobile device, module, morphing, MP3, mpeg, multiaccess, multiprogramming, multi-threaded, multi-user, NAND circuit or gate, network, neurocomputer or neural computer, node, NOR gate, notebook computer, NOT gate, object program, OEM or original equipment manufacturer, offline, online, open, operating system, optimize, OR gate, output, overflow, package, packet, packet-switching, palette, palmtop computer, parallel processing, parameter, parity check, parser, password, patch, patch board, PC or personal computer, PDA, pdf, personal computer or PC, pixel, platform, plug compatible, pointer, polymorphic function, portable, power down, power up, printout, procedure, process, program, program generator, programmable read only memory or PROM, programmer, programming language, program statement, prompt, protocol, query language, queue, queuing theory, random access memory or RAM, Random Instruction Set Computer or RISC, read in, read out, read only memory or ROM, real-time processing, reboot, record, remote access, rerun, reserved word, reset, restricted users group, retrieval, RISC or reduced instruction set computer, robustness, routine, run, run time, screensaver, scroll, SCSI or Small Computer Systems Interface, search engine, sense, sequential access, serial access memory or SAM, serial processing, server, SGML, shareware, shell program, skinning, smart card, software, software engineering, sort, source document, source program, speech recognition, spreadsheet, sprite, stack, statement, storage capacity, storage device, store, store and forward, string, subroutine, supercomputer, SWITCH, syntax, system, systems analysis, systems disk, teleprocessing, telesoftware, terabyte, terminal, tetrabyte, text processing, throughput, time out, time sharing, toggle, top-down processing, topology, transcribe, translator, transputer, tristate, turnkey system, underflow, UNIX (trademark), uptime, USB, user-defined key, user group, utility, vaccine, variable, virtual address, virtual memory, virtual reality, virtual storage, virus, visual programming, voice input, voice recognition, voice response, volatile memory, WAN, WAP, warez, webcasting, web development, wild card, window, windows icons menus pointers or WIMP, wizard, word, word processor, work station, World Wide Web, worm, WYSIWIG, XML
Computer scientists  Ada, Countess of Lovelace (British), Howard Aiken (U.S.), Charles Babbage (British), Tim Berners-Lee (English), Seymour Cray (U.S.), John Presper Eckert (U.S.), Bill Gates (U.S.), Herman Hollerith (U.S.), John W. Mauchly (U.S.), Clive Sinclair (British), Alan Mathison Turing (British), John von Neumann (U.S.)
Translations
كمبيوترحاسوبحاسوب، عقل الكتروني
компютър
počítač
computer
komputilo
arvutikompuuterraal
رایانه
tietokone
računalokompjutor
számítógép
komputer
tölva
コンピューター
컴퓨터
kompiuteriskompiuterizuoti
datorskompjūters
calculatorcomputer
počítač
računalnik
dator
เครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์
комп'ютер
máy tính

computer

[kəmˈpjuːtəʳ]
A. Nordenador m (Sp), computador m (LAm), computadora f (LAm)
we do it by computer nowahora lo hacemos con el ordenador
the records have all been put on computertodos los registros han entrado en (el) ordenador
she's in computersse dedica a la informática, trabaja en algo de informática
B. CPD computer animation Nanimación f por ordenador
computer crime Ndelitos mpl informáticos
computer dating service Nagencia f matrimonial por ordenador
computer expert Nexperto/a m/f en ordenadores
computer game Nvídeojuego m
computer graphics NPLgráficas fpl por ordenador
computer language Nlenguaje m de ordenador
computer literacy Ncompetencia f en la informática
computer model Nmodelo m informático
computer operator Noperador(a) m/f de ordenador
computer peripheral Nperiférico m
computer printout Nimpresión f (de ordenador)
computer program Nprograma m de ordenador
computer programmer Nprogramador(a) m/f de ordenadores
computer programming Nprogramación f de ordenadores
computer science Ninformática f
computer scientist Ninformático/a m/f
computer simulation Nsimulación f por ordenador
computer skills NPLconocimientos mpl de informática
computer studies NPL = computer science computer typesetting Ncomposición f por ordenador
computer user Nusuario/a m/f de ordenador

computer

[kəmˈpjuːtər] nordinateur m
by computer → par ordinateur
The process is done by computer → Le processus se fait par ordinateur.computer-aided [kəmˌpjuːtərˈeɪdɪd] adjassisté(e) par ordinateurcomputer animation n (in films, computer games)animation f (assistée) par ordinateurcomputer buff nas mf de l'informatiquecomputer chip npuce f informatiquecomputer crime n
(illegal activities)criminalité f informatique
(illegal act)délit m informatiquecomputer dating service nclub m de rencontres sélectionnées par ordinateurcomputer disk ndisque m durcomputer error nerreur f informatiquecomputer game njeu m vidéocomputer-generated [kəmˌpjuːtərˈdʒɛnəreɪtɪd] adj [graphics] → généré(e) par ordinateur; [image, animation, film] → de synthèsecomputer graphics n
(field)infographie f
He works in computer graphics → Il fait de l'infographie.
(pictures)images fpl de synthèse

computer

nComputer m, → Rechner m; (for data processing also) → Datenverarbeitungsanlage f; to put/have something on computeretw im Computer speichern/(gespeichert) haben; it’s all done by computerdas geht alles per Computer; computer skillsComputerkenntnisse pl

computer

in cpdsComputer-;
computer age
computer-aided
computer-aided design
computer animation
computer-assisted

computer

:
computer-based
computer code
computer-controlled
computer crash
nComputerabsturz m
computer crime
computer dating
nPartnervermittlung fper Computer; computer agency or bureauPartnervermittlungsbüro ntauf Computerbasis
computer-designed
adjam Computer or mit Computerunterstützung entworfen
computer error

computer

:
computer expert
nComputerexperte m/-expertin f
computer freak
n (inf)Computerfreak m (inf)
computer game
nComputerspiel nt
computer games software
nSoftware ffür Computerspiele
computer-generated
adj image, graphicscomputergeneriert
computer graphics

computer

:
computer language
computer literacy
nComputerkenntnisse pl
computer literate
adj to be computersich mit Computern auskennen
computer model
nComputermodell nt
computer nerd
n (pej inf)Computerfreak m (sl)
computer network
nComputernetzwerk nt; (larger also) → Rechnerverbund m
computer-operated
computer operator
nOperator(in) m(f)
computer peripheral
computer printout
n(Computer)ausdruck m
computer program
n(Computer)programm nt
computer programmer
nProgrammierer(in) m(f)
computer projection
nHochrechnung f
computer science
nInformatik f
computer scientist
nInformatiker(in) m(f)
computer search
nSuche fper Computer; (in criminal contexts) → Rasterfahndung f
computer sex
nComputersex m
computer skills
plPC-Kenntnisse pl
computer studies
computer tomography
n (Med) → Computertomografie f
computer-typeset
vtin Computersatz herstellen
computer typesetting
nComputersatz m
computer virus

computer

[kəmˈpjuːtəʳ]
1. ncomputer m inv, elaboratore m elettronico
2. adj (printout) → del computer; (software) → per computer

computer

(kəmˈpjuːtə) 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.
comˈputerize, comˈputerise verb
to put (information etc) into a form suitable for use by a computer. Are you intending to computerize your book-ordering system?

computer

كمبيوتر počítač computer Computer υπολογιστής computadora, ordenador tietokone ordinateur računalo computer コンピューター 컴퓨터 computer datamaskin komputer computador компьютер dator เครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์ bilgisayar máy tính 计算机

computer

n computadora, ordenador m
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