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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Cases are heard in tatty courtrooms with computer systems that often fail. The Economist, "Britain’s magistrates are in a funk. The time is right for reform," 22 June 2019 Riviera Beach officials voted this week to pay 65 Bitcoins to the hacker who seized the city's computer systems, forcing the local police and fire departments to write down the hundreds of daily 911 calls on paper, CNN affiliate WPEC reported. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Florida city to pay $600K ransom to hacker who seized computer systems weeks ago," 20 June 2019 Tom Holt, a Michigan State University criminal justice professor, said hackers often attack common and known vulnerabilities in computer systems. Terry Spencer,, "This Florida town decided to pay hackers $600,000 to save computer records," 20 June 2019 Vick wanted to focus on designing his fashion brand; Suzana wants to finish her degree in computer information systems and hopes to work for a big tech company like Apple or Google. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "This new Highlands café blends the owners' Euro-Asian heritage with a Gen-Z vibe," 18 June 2019 Agave Azul co-owner Juan Rios blamed the issues on the computer system the restaurants used. Caroline Glenn,, "Agave Azul owner owes employees $83,577 in unpaid wages, investigation finds," 13 June 2019 Artificial intelligence refers to computer systems able to perform certain tasks that mimic human cognition, such as speech recognition, translation and decision-making. William Thornton |,, "State commission to study artificial intelligence technology," 13 June 2019 Nearly three years after the 2016 election, the D.H.S. is finally conducting a forensic examination of the Durham computer system. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," 12 June 2019 Often, a computer program leverages voice over internet protocol (VOIP) to quickly and cheaply call you. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Stop Spam Robocalls From Clogging up Your Phone," 11 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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