noun in·put \ˈin-ˌpt\

: advice or opinions that help someone make a decision

: information that is put into a computer

: something (such as power or energy) that is put into a machine or system

Full Definition of INPUT

:  something that is put in: as
a :  an amount put in <increased input of fertilizer increases crop yield>
b :  power or energy put into a machine or system for storage, conversion in kind, or conversion of characteristics usually with the intent of sizable recovery in the form of output
c :  a component of production (as land, labor, or raw materials)
d :  information fed into a data processing system or computer
e :  advice, opinion, comment
f :  a stimulus that acts on and is integrated into a bodily system <sensory input>
:  the means by which or the point at which an input (as of energy, material, or data) is made
:  the act or process of putting in

Examples of INPUT

  1. I need your input on what to have for dinner.
  2. She provided some valuable input at the start of the project.
  3. The computer gets its input from a keyboard or mouse.
  4. This VCR has several audio inputs.
  5. The job will require a considerable input of money.
  6. The data is ready for input into a computer.

First Known Use of INPUT

circa 1888



: to enter (information) into a computer

in·put·ted or inputin·put·ting

Full Definition of INPUT

transitive verb
:  to enter (as data) into a computer or data processing system

Examples of INPUT

  1. She inputted the sales figures into the spreadsheet.

First Known Use of INPUT


Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router


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