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 The women take turns using computers and telephones. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "'One time of day they're not harassed': Step inside the Louisville women’s day shelter," 7 Nov. 2019 Trump is believed likely to abandon plans to impose import levies starting December 15 on an additional $160 billion in products, including many popular consumer items such as smartphones and laptop computers. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China, U.S. make progress in trade talks, raising hopes of a breakthrough," 7 Nov. 2019 McCauley displayed images of the website Comcast customers can access via computer or smartphone. Mary Grace Keller,, "Carroll commissioners grill Comcast on how it will make up for closed service center," 31 Oct. 2019 There’s no time for video games or hours in front of the television or computer. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "NASA engineer’s foray into country life reaps rewards," 30 Oct. 2019 The group also provides computer and career training, financial literacy programs and job placement. CNN, "CNN honors 10 men and women for making the world a better place," 30 Oct. 2019 Gillespie’s love of computers and electronics started early. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois," 28 Oct. 2019 That includes text messages, photos and videos on any computer or mobile device. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Are "smart" light bulbs a security risk?," 24 Oct. 2019 Good music, good conversation, and no blinky-stinky TV or computer screens — especially during meals. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Babies understand more than we realize," 22 Oct. 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of computer was in 1613

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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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