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analog computer

n.
A computer in which numerical data is represented by measurable physical variables, such as electrical voltage or the position of a indicator.

analog computer

n
(Computer Science) a mechanical, electrical, or electronic computer that performs arithmetical operations by using some variable physical quantity, such as mechanical movement or voltage, to represent numbers

an′alog comput′er


n.
a computer that represents data by measurable quantities, as voltages, rather than by numbers. Compare digital computer.
[1945–50, Amer.]

analog computer

A machine that works on data represented by some physical quantity which varies continuously.
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Noun1.analog computer - a computer that represents information by variable quantities (e.g., positions or voltages)
differential analyzer - an analog computer designed to solve differential equations
slide rule, slipstick - analog computer consisting of a handheld instrument used for rapid calculations; have been replaced by pocket calculators
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analog computer

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