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 School libraries have extended hours for students who need to use the computers and internet, but not everyone can limit themselves to working in the library. Alia Malik,, "San Antonio ISD giving high-schoolers the gift of internet at home," 7 Dec. 2019 Special investigators with the attorney general’s office assisted by the Hot Springs Village police seized a laptop, desktop computer, thumb drive, cellphone and tablet in the investigation, according to the release. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas man arrested on 30 child pornography charges," 6 Dec. 2019 Walczak, whose home is in western Wauwatosa, uses three computers and servers so the operation can work and so users can quickly make changes to the display in a just a moment's time. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can control the Christmas lights on this Wauwatosa home from your computer," 5 Dec. 2019 Victor loved building his own computer and woodworking, making treasures for family members., "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/5," 4 Dec. 2019 Her only job was to repeat the commands of the ship's computer and show a little cleavage. Ars Technica, "Never Surrender is a heartfelt tribute to sci-fi action comedy Galaxy Quest," 30 Nov. 2019 For example, a computer and electronic product manufacturing respondent wrote in the November survey that their customers are increasingly more cautious due to trade tensions. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Texas manufacturing sector contracts for first time since 2016," 25 Nov. 2019 The man who in 1999 released one of the defining documents of the '90s techno sound, the compilation album Decks, EFX and 909, has long since abandoned the former in favor of computers and controllers onstage. Joshua Glazer, Billboard, "Richie Hawtin Discusses His Close Combined Project: 'If Techno's Mission Is Still About Pushing Forward, I Want to Embody That'," 22 Nov. 2019 But the maker of computers and printers left the door open to a potential combination of their businesses. The Economist, "Business this week," 21 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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Computer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 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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