computer

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.

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While Chris helped get Gordon's first restaurant off the ground, the TV chef accused his father-in-law of embezzling more than 1.5 million pounds (roughly $2 million) and hacking into the company's computers. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'MasterChef' Star Gordon Ramsay and His Wife Tana Have Endured a Lot Together," 19 Apr. 2019 Advertising Former President Rafael Correa, whose government granted Assange refuge, had been a fierce supporter of the silver-haired computer expert. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 Bouman's algorithm is a type of computer process that crunches colossal amounts of data allowing it to be interpreted — in this case, as a photograph. Kristen Bobst, Teen Vogue, "Women Like Katie Bouman Helped Us See a Black Hole for the First Time," 12 Apr. 2019 The Queen channelled that theme in her post, choosing to feature a 1843 letter from computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Prince Albert. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Posted on Instagram for the First Time, Featuring a Letter to Prince Albert," 7 Mar. 2019 The letter in question was penned from a man named Charles Babbage, who The Queen explained in her caption was credited as the world’s first computer pioneer. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Queen Elizabeth II, 92, Just Posted Her First-Ever Instagram," 7 Mar. 2019 Both provide free real-time security for your computer. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed," 19 Apr. 2019 Watch on your computer on amazon.com/video or on the Prime Video app, which is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Samsung Galaxy App. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Watch Game of Thrones Season 8 Online," 14 Apr. 2019 The house lacks for nothing: there is a television, a hat rack, computer and remote control—all in crochet. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Hooked on Missoni Home's Fairytale Rooms Made Entirely Out of Crochet," 10 Apr. 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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computer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of computer

: an electronic machine that can store and work with large amounts of information

computer

noun
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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