computer

noun, often attributive
com·​put·​er | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tər \

Definition of computer

: one that computes specifically : a programmable usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data using a computer to design 3-D models

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Other Words from computer

computerdom \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​dəm \ noun
computerless \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ləs \ adjective
computerlike \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of computer in a Sentence

He works all day on a computer.

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The phenomenon of giant waves breaking while still far out at sea has since become known as the Van Dorn effect and has been validated by later studies using advanced computer techniques. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind Russia’s 'Apocalypse Torpedo'," 18 Jan. 2019 Other than that, Adventure Nannies is open to all prior career backgrounds, including professional athletes, computer programmers, ex-military, published authors, historians, macrobiotic chefs, to name a handful of previous professions. Cristina Goyanes, Marie Claire, "The Coolest Six-Figure Job You Never Thought You Wanted: Nannying," 14 Jan. 2019 Enhanced over the version that first launched with the Xbox One, this revised controller features a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening and chatting, as well as Bluetooth functionality for operability with Windows 10 computers. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Xbox One controllers for console and PC are $20 off again," 8 Jan. 2019 The car’s computer shows that moments before the crash, Jen had stopped on a gravel pullout 70 feet from the edge of the cliff, only to then accelerate. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 4: ‘My God, There’s Six of Them’," 31 Dec. 2018 Tossing tech products like speakers, cellphones, and computers resulted in an estimated 49 million metric tons of waste this past year. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sleek new speaker features recyclable wood cabinet," 27 Dec. 2018 Voters, many of whom have never used a computer or smartphone, struggled with the machines’ touch screens and there were multiple reports of batteries going flat in rural areas with no power supply. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Congo Votes in Contentious Election," 30 Dec. 2018 Amazon is offering year-end savings on computers, kitchen appliances, TVs, toys, pet supplies, and more. Lauren Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "The Only List of After-Christmas Sales You Need," 26 Dec. 2018 Sign Up Watch on: Your computer (hulu.com), iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th generation), Google Chromecast, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Watch the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 2 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of computer

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for computer

see compute

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The first known use of computer was in 1613

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More Definitions for computer

computer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of computer

: an electronic machine that can store and work with large amounts of information

computer

noun
com·​put·​er | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tər \

Kids Definition of computer

: an automatic electronic machine that can store and process data

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