computer science


Definition of computer science 

: a branch of science that deals with the theory of computation or the design of computers

Examples of computer science in a Sentence

She has a degree in computer science.

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Recently, Twitter user @tahkion, a computer science blogger for WonderHowTo, discovered that the trademark makeup defeats facial recognition tech. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Insane Clown Privacy: Juggalo Makeup Apparently Thwarts Facial Recognition Technology," 3 July 2018 The program is a collab between the university’s computer science and urban planning departments, and wants to teach budding computer scientists about how their prodigious data crunching might be used. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Unconventional Wisdom," 1 July 2018 Carla’s job teaching computer science classes at a local high school gave them steady income and health benefits. John Tozzi,, "Sky-High Deductibles Broke the U.S. Health Insurance System," 26 June 2018 In 2011 Pearl won the Turing Award, computer science’s highest honor, in large part for this work. Kevin Hartnett, The Atlantic, "How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics," 19 May 2018 The program helps schools create and grow computer science classes through partnerships between teachers and technology industry volunteers. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grants expand Microsoft computer classes at Milwaukee high schools," 12 May 2018 Just two years earlier, the agency’s computer science office had established the first nodes of ARPANET, the network that would later become the internet. Sharon Weinberger, Smithsonian, "How Soviet Bomb Tests Paved the Way For U.S. Climate Science," 7 May 2018 And her older brother, Connor, is double majoring in math and computer science at Knox College. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "She was just offered $2.3M in scholarships to Ph.D. programs and she's only 17," 30 Mar. 2018 The show's revival comes at a time when STEM and computer science is at the forefront of discovery and, like its earlier episodes, is sure to enthrall a new generation of little learners — some things, after all, never change. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Buckle Up, "The Magic School Bus" Is Coming Back," 3 Jan. 2017

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of computer science

: the study of computers and their uses

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