noun, often attributive
com·put·er | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tər \

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 \ noun
computerless \kəm-ˈpyü-tər-ləs \ adjective
computerlike \kəm-ˈpyü-tər-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of computer in a Sentence

He works all day on a computer.

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Apple computer is spending $350 billion on new campuses, on new facilities. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 Apple, computer is spending $350 billion on new campuses, on new facilities. Fox News, "Ben Shapiro blasts 'idiotic' Statue of Liberty protest," 6 July 2018 The researchers ran computer simulations on a hypothetical cohort of over 360,000 women to test the efficacy and costs of risk-stratified screening. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "New approach to breast cancer screening — tailoring guidelines for each patient — may save lives and money, study says," 5 July 2018 Get the latest Courant headlines delivered to your computer, cell phone or other devices via RSS feed. Hartford Courant,, "RSS FEEDS," 5 July 2018 Once set off by the computer, that charge quickly generates a lot pressure due to the hot gas, propelling the shell into the air. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 With the extra keys and a greater ability to control the pointer on screen, computers have generally been the medium of choice for real-time strategy games like the popular Age of Empires series. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Might Add Mouse and Keyboard Support to the Xbox," 26 June 2018 Kovach can be heard asking Morales if his 18-year-old daughter Katlyn Kovach is inside the house, as well as why her computer is apparently in the house. Paula Rogo,, "Ohio Cop Fired For Pulling Over His Daughter’s Black Boyfriend Without Cause," 23 June 2018 The exercise includes computer simulations carried out in a large bunker south of the capital, Seoul, intended to check the allies’ readiness to repel aggressions by North Korea. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Pentagon Suspends Major War Game With South Korea," 18 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of computer

: an automatic electronic machine that can store and process data

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