workstation


work·sta·tion

noun \-ˌstā-shən\

: an area that has the equipment needed for one person to do a particular job

: a computer that is connected to a computer network

Full Definition of WORKSTATION

1
:  an area with equipment for the performance of a specialized task usually by a single individual
2
a :  an intelligent terminal or personal computer usually connected to a computer network
b :  a powerful microcomputer used especially for scientific or engineering work

Examples of WORKSTATION

  1. Employees should keep their workstations neat and organized.

First Known Use of WORKSTATION

1931

workstation

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Computer intended for use by one person, but with a much faster processor and more memory than an ordinary personal computer. Workstations are designed for powerful business applications that do large numbers of calculations or require high-speed graphical displays; the requirements of CAD/CAM systems were one reason for their initial development. Because of their need for computing power, they are often based on RISC processors and generally use UNIX as their operating system. An early workstation was introduced in 1987 by Sun Microsystems; workstations introduced in 1988 from Apollo, Ardent, and Stellar were aimed at 3D graphics applications. The term workstation is also sometimes used to mean a personal computer connected to a mainframe computer, to distinguish it from “dumb” display terminals with limited applications.

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