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

Other Words from computer

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

Examples of computer in a Sentence

He works all day on a computer.
Recent Examples on the Web The life cycle of the loan is about as long as a computer takes to process a transaction. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 8 May 2022 The next day, the owner called back to report that a computer was stolen. cleveland, 6 May 2022 Simply put, coding is telling a computer or machine how to perform a task. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 Basic requirements include a computer with video, audio and Internet and a commitment to participate every week for four months. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 Imagine a virtual world that enables you to immerse yourself entirely in it along with your friends, family, associates and others simply through accessing a computer. Sean Finn, Forbes, 6 May 2022 However, an investigation will have to look into whether a crime was committed in order to obtain the draft; for example, if someone hacked into a computer to get it. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 5 May 2022 Her mother lost work and could no longer afford to pay for internet service, which made schoolwork hard to keep up with even though the school had sent a computer home with her. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 If your on a computer, back out of the email to your inbox. CNN, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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