analog computer


: a computer that operates with numbers represented by directly measurable quantities (such as voltages or rotations) compare digital computer, hybrid computer

Examples of analog computer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Old-school analog computers had used clunky patch cords on plug boards. Charles Platt, WIRED, 30 Mar. 2023 Dive bombing precision was assisted by a range of tools from markings on the cockpit canopy showing dive angle to sophisticated analog computers. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 7 June 2023 Beginning in the early 1950s, Gilbert was involved in developing analog computer and aircraft simulation research programs at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Sep. 2019 Initially, there were no specifications, because no one had ever built an analog computer on a chip. Charles Platt, WIRED, 30 Mar. 2023 Our analog computer is made out of artificial oscillatory neurons, made of silicon. Kat McGowan, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2012 Made in Space has laid out a Steampunk-esque plan to create what amounts to an analog computer built of gears, rods, pulleys and flywheels to get an asteroid back home. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2016 In the 1940s, the analog computer MONIAC had to use actual tanks and pipes of colored water to model the UK economy. Amanda Rees, Wired, 27 Dec. 2021 The video features electronic effects created by director Hays using an analog computer system. Billboard, 29 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of analog computer was in 1948

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“Analog computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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analog computer

: a computer that works with numbers represented by directly measurable quantities (as voltages or resistances) compare digital computer

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