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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At the time, Mark had already sold his first company, a computer consulting firm, and was close to completing a $5.6 billion sale for his basketball streaming service. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 2019 The computer also adds a different kind of connectivity than seen before on an Air. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "New MacBook Air Announced at October 2018 Apple Event," 30 Oct. 2018 Much like the fun, playground interior with a refreshment station (help yourself to complimentary caramel popcorn, coffee, and freshly squeezed OJ), and row of computers. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 All bitcoin transactions and wallets are recorded on a database known as the blockchain, by a network of computers that anyone can join. BostonGlobe.com, "How Russian spies hid behind bitcoin in hacking campaign," 14 July 2018 The Russians moved digital information from the DNC networks to the computer in Illinois in April 2016, federal officials say. chicagotribune.com, "Illinois elections board 'very likely' named in Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, officials say," 13 July 2018 Prosecutors charged that the hackers breached the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, then stole troves of emails and other records that the Russian government later made public. Brad Heath, USA TODAY, "Mueller: Congressional candidate sought stolen emails from Russian spies in 2016," 13 July 2018 All Bitcoin transactions and wallets are recorded on a database known as the blockchain, by a network of computers that anyone can join. New York Times, "How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign," 13 July 2018 This practical skill set and eye for operations makes him one of the many new kinds of people X needs to fulfill its mission: expanding Alphabet’s reach beyond the computer in your lap and the phone in your pocket. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018

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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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