digital computer

noun

Definition of 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 study and design of memristors is usually linked with the subject of neurocomputers, a blanket term for both digital computers that imitate human brains and hypothetical machines made of human neural cells. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Russians Build Device That Imitates Biological Memory," 25 Nov. 2019 The first modern electronic digital computer was called the Atanasoff–Berry computer, or ABC. Doug Jacobson, The Conversation, "Curious Kids: What was the first computer?," 23 Sep. 2019 As Nobel laureate Bill Phillips said, quantum computers are as different from today’s digital computers as today’s computers are from an abacus. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, "Seven basic questions about quantum technology, answered," 18 Aug. 2019 One way to do this is to write down a mathematical model and then solve the equations on a digital computer. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Computing Without Qubits," 22 Jan. 2015 Rockets and other armament are controlled with digital computers. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: Sailors hit Willamette River to battle sturgeon with Fleet Week in full swing," 8 June 2019 Both were scheduled to attend a meeting four days later of the NSA’s Scientific Advisory Board—a program review of Project Lightning, the NSA’s secret project to dramatically increase the speed of digital computers. Phil Lapsley, WSJ, "‘The Cryotron Files’ Review: Taking the Cold War to Subzero," 11 Oct. 2018 To compute something, the qubits need to be able to perform operations on each other, except the researchers don't plan to create discrete gates like a classical digital computer. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "How a string of giant atoms might bring quantum computers to physics labs," 8 Mar. 2018 All six of the first programmers of America’s first digital computer, Eniac, were women. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The First Women in Tech Didn’t Leave—Men Pushed Them Out," 10 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'digital computer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of digital computer

1946, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about digital computer

Time Traveler for digital computer

Time Traveler

The first known use of digital computer was in 1946

See more words from the same year

Statistics for digital computer

Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digital computer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digital%20computer. Accessed 29 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for digital computer

digital computer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of digital computer

: a computer that works with numbers that are represented by the digits 0 and 1

More from Merriam-Webster on digital computer

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about digital computer

Comments on digital computer

What made you want to look up digital computer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to assert without proof or before proving

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

January 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • image1642096650
  • Which is a synonym of bonhomie?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!