analog computer


Definition of 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 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 And although there were basic analog computers for computing firing solutions, tracking ships and calculating their headings was manual work, done by men with paper and slide rules. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, 25 Mar. 2020 Applied Dynamics Ann Arbor plant: Supplied analog computers. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2019 His voting machine—essentially an analog computer—recognized if the voter was a man or a woman and allowed them to vote accordingly. David Kindy, Smithsonian, 26 June 2019 The award will fund research that examines how computationally intensive engineering and physics problems can be solved more quickly using new types of analog computers for electromagnetic, magnetohydrodynamic and fluid mechanic applications. Megan Becka,, 11 June 2017 Memory as an analog computer Phase change memory is based on materials that can take two different forms as a solid. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of analog computer

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Analog computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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