digital computer


Definition of digital computer

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Weidenbach blossomed as a digital computer pioneer after World War II and forged a 30-year career as an electrical engineer in the early years of Minnesota's computer tech era. Star Tribune, "At 99, computer pioneer looks back at early Minnesota tech," 9 Jan. 2021 During the war, the mansion in Buckinghamshire, southeastern England, was home to the British government's Code and Cypher School, where the world's first programmable digital computer was built to decipher the Nazis' communications. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Facebook donates $1.3 million to boost WWII code-breaking site Bletchley Park," 13 Oct. 2020 The real promise of the internet of things is making our physical surroundings accessible to our digital computers, putting sensors on everything in the world and translating it into a digital format. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things," 10 Feb. 2020 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., "Monroe: Sailors hit Willamette River to battle sturgeon with Fleet Week in full swing," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of digital computer

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of digital computer was in 1946

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21 Jan 2021

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“Digital computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of digital computer

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

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