Definitions of computer

  1. an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a machine for performing calculations automatically Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. One who computes. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. A calculator. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. One who. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. A journal of the IEEE Computer Society. foldoc_fs
  7. A machine that can be programmed to manipulatesymbols. Computers can perform complex and repetitiveprocedures quickly, precisely and reliably and can quicklystore and retrieve large amounts of data.The physical components from which a computer is constructed(electronic circuits and input/output devices) are known as"hardware". Most computers have four types of hardwarecomponent: CPU, input, output and memory. The CPU (centralprocessing unit) executes programs ("software") which tellthe computer what to do. Input and output (I/O) devices allowthe computer to communicate with the user and the outsideworld. There are several kinds of memory - fast, expensive,short term memory (e.g. RAM) to hold intermediate results,and slower, cheaper, long-term memory (e.g. magnetic disk andmagnetic tape) to hold programs and data between jobs.See also analogue computer. foldoc_fs
  8. 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. dictgcide_fs
  9. same as digital computer. dictgcide_fs
  10. n. A reckoner; a calculator. Cabinet Dictionary
  11. Reckoner, accountant. Complete Dictionary

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