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.
Recent Examples on the Web Russians in 2016 conducted covert operations to hack Democratic computers and to use social media to exploit divisions among Americans., "WASHINGTON — Republicans have sought for weeks to shift attention to President Trump’s demands that Ukraine investigate any 2016 election meddling, defending it as a legitimate concern while Democrats accuse Trump of pursuing fringe theories for his benefit.," 23 Nov. 2019 In 2010, Lee created a computer document which described certain locations the CIA would assign officers with certain experience, as well as a location and timeframe of a sensitive CIA operation. Fox News, "Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years for conspiring to spy for China," 23 Nov. 2019 New machine learning models, trained on billions of words, have given computers the ability to generate text that sounds far more human-like than when Kazemi started out. Wired, "Text-Savvy AI Is Here to Write Fiction," 23 Nov. 2019 The most important data that goes into computer models used for weather forecasting comes from microwave sounders mounted on polar orbiting satellites. Andrew Freedman, Washington Post, "Global 5G deal poses significant threat to weather forecast accuracy, experts warn," 22 Nov. 2019 Coordinating schedules so everyone’s under one roof would take a kind of quantum computer. Richard A. Marini,, "How to reduce the holiday stress of blended families with kids from various marriages, ex-spouses and too-expectations," 22 Nov. 2019 There have been plenty of space dogfight scenes since then, including in Star Wars films, but most fans agree the Death Star run remains the best with its painstaking use of models rather than computer effects. James Hibberd,, "1977 Star Wars scene changed in one key way during filming," 21 Nov. 2019 Jones said the videos and images found on Fraley's computer show children and babies, young enough to be in diapers, being molested. Madeline Mitchell,, "Butler County Sheriff: Child porn investigation 'should send chills down your spine'," 19 Nov. 2019 The event also drew in mountains of electronic waste like computers and laptops, routers, cell phones, wires and cords, cable boxes, old ink cartridges and keyboards. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Just how much junk did Friendswood’s Fall Haul garner?," 19 Nov. 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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The first known use of computer was in 1613

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26 Nov 2019

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“Computer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce computer (audio)

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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