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digital computer

n.
A computer that performs calculations and logical operations with quantities represented as digits, usually in the binary number system.

digital computer

n
(Computer Science) an electronic computer in which the input is discrete rather than continuous, consisting of combinations of numbers, letters, and other characters written in an appropriate programming language and represented internally in binary notation. Compare analog computer

dig′ital comput′er


n.
a computer that processes information in digital form. Compare analog computer.
[1940–45]

digital computer

A computer working with data represented in digital form, usually binary 0s and 1s.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.digital computer - a computer that represents information by numerical (binary) digitsdigital computer - a computer that represents information by numerical (binary) digits
bbs, bulletin board, bulletin board system, electronic bulletin board - a computer that is running software that allows users to leave messages and access information of general interest
file server - (computer science) a digital computer that provides workstations on a network with controlled access to shared resources
mainframe, mainframe computer - a large digital computer serving 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room
minicomputer - a digital computer of medium size
multiprocessor - a computer that uses two or more processing units under integrated control
microcomputer, PC, personal computer - a small digital computer based on a microprocessor and designed to be used by one person at a time
von Neumann machine - any digital computer incorporating the ideas of stored programs and serial counters that were proposed in 1946 by von Neumann and his colleagues
workstation - a desktop digital computer that is conventionally considered to be more powerful than a microcomputer
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