com·​put·​er kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce computer (audio)
often attributive
: one that computes
specifically : a programmable usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data
using a computer to design 3-D models
computerdom noun
computerless adjective
computerlike adjective

Examples of computer in a Sentence

He works all day on a computer.
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Word History


see compute

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of computer was in 1613

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“Computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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com·​put·​er -ˈpyüt-ər How to pronounce computer (audio)
: one that computes
especially : a programmable usually electronic machine that can store, get back again, and work with data

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