digital computer


: a computer that operates with numbers expressed directly as digits compare analog computer, hybrid computer

Examples of digital computer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The air force determined the nation should build a massive radar network tied to digital computers. Marc Wortman, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2023 Today’s digital computers are based on extremely low connectivity (with the output of one transistor wired to the input of a handful of transistors), compared with that of central nervous systems (in which a cortical neuron receives inputs and makes outputs to tens of thousands of other neurons). Christof Koch, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2023 Tech is exceptional because digital computers and networks are universal, and universal things are interoperable, and interoperability lowers switching costs. Cory Doctorow, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 Is there a bias—or perhaps a fear—against technology and digital computers in the arts? Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 1 June 2023 But the earliest all-electronic digital computers appeared less than a single lifetime ago, and until the 1970s, virtually all computers were room-size machines. Fred Turner, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Edmund Berkeley’s Simon was a simple and inexpensive digital computer that used electrical relays. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr. 2023 At the time, Berkeley was establishing himself as a leading author, publisher, and consultant for the new world of digital computers. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr. 2023 Soon versions of Conway’s game were running at scale on early digital computers, allowing easier explorations of the intricate patterns and complex behaviors that emerged. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of digital computer was in 1946

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“Digital computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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digital computer

: a computer that operates with numbers expressed as digits (as in the binary system) compare analog computer

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