noun, often attributive
com·​put·​er | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce computer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce computerdom (audio) \ noun
computerless \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce computerless (audio) \ adjective
computerlike \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce computerlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of computer in a Sentence

He works all day on a computer.

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The city is still recovering a month later, with employees slowly being allowed back into their computers and email accounts. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore IT chief apologizes to City Council members for response to ransomware attack," 7 June 2019 After he was arrested, police seized about 45,000 images of child pornography from his computer. Fox News, "Convicted pedophile charged in 1993 kidnapping, murder of 9-year-old Missouri girl," 6 June 2019 Massey was watching the draft on the computer at home with his parents, brother, sister and grandmother. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "A 'dream' team: H-F pitcher Tyler Schlaffer picked by Cubs, among 12 Southland players taken in MLB draft," 6 June 2019 The computers use Microsoft Windows, raising the question of whether Huawei may need to use its own operating system on future devices. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Huawei Strikes a 5G Deal in Russia as the Chinese Tech Giant Remains on U.S. Blacklist," 6 June 2019 The team interviewed dozens of people and waded through years of credit card reports detailing Bransfield's purchases, as well as personal banking records maintained on his computer. Anchorage Daily News, "W. Virgnia bishop spent millions on himself and sent cash to priests he was accused of mistreating, Vatican report says," 5 June 2019 The stand is optional: Mac Pro users could technically lean a monitor against the computer itself instead. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Apple monitor stand that costs more than an iPhone sparks online uproar," 5 June 2019 This lifestyle was even recited by IBM’s RAMAC, the first commercial computer, present at the exhibition, which provided four thousand answers about different aspects of life in America. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 Chernin said the jail computer has not had necessary updates for the videos to play correctly. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man accused of killing Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner to face jury trial next month," 4 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of computer

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


com·​put·​er | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce computer (audio) \

Kids Definition of computer

: an automatic electronic machine that can store and process data

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