computer

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 Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a standalone version of the new Jetson Nano AI computer also announced today. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects," 18 Mar. 2019 Take time to rest and try not to strain the eyes [while] looking at your phone, computers, and TV screens too much. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "5 Expert Tips for Younger Looking Eyes," 12 Mar. 2019 Because of the warmer water, computer simulations predict Michael’s central pressure will plunge just before making landfall, which is a sign of intensification, said Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Michael headed to Florida is classic October storm," 9 Oct. 2018 Murakami's study used computer simulations to isolate different climate conditions. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Warm waters boosted 2017's major hurricane tally, study says," 27 Sep. 2018 Of seeing 10,000 computer simulations giving the Dolphins the worst record in the league. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Here's five reasons to feel better about the Miami Dolphins in July," 13 July 2018 Researchers used computer simulations to model the Northern Hemisphere’s atmosphere and noctilucent clouds from 1871 to 2008, according to the study, which was published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "Once-rare cloud is now more common, and new study says climate change is to blame," 13 July 2018 If a mouse isn't your problem, but your aging computer, Amazon is discounting laptops and desktops specifically built to be A+ gaming machines. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get Razer's Best Mouse, and Other Gaming Gear, for Cheap Today Only," 26 Mar. 2019 Over 1 billion users already have Intel’s HD integrated graphics in their computers, and those gamers can start taking advantage of the new app right away. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center," 20 Mar. 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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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 How to pronounce computer (audio) \

Kids Definition of computer

: an automatic electronic machine that can store and process data

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