computer

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noun, often attributive com·put·er \kəm-ˈpyü-tər\

Definition of computer

  1. :  one that computes; specifically :  a programmable usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data using a computer to design 3-D models

computerdom

play \kəm-ˈpyü-tər-dəm\ noun

computerless

play \kəm-ˈpyü-tər-ləs\ adjective

computerlike

play \kəm-ˈpyü-tər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of computer in a Sentence

  1. He works all day on a computer.

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Origin and Etymology of computer

see compute

Other Computer-Related Terms


COMPUTER Defined for English Language Learners

computer

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noun

Definition of computer for English Language Learners

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


COMPUTER Defined for Kids

computer

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noun com·put·er \kəm-ˈpyü-tər\

Definition of computer for Students

  1. :  an automatic electronic machine that can store and process data



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