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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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 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 There are many ways to build a von Neumann machine—the world’s standard digital computer since World War II. Eric Freeman And, WSJ, "What STEM Students Need to Know," 19 Dec. 2017 In the control booth above the auditorium, digital computer systems run the lights and sound for music and theater productions, said Kevin Holly, technical theater coordinator. Denys Bucksten,, "Libertyville H.S. welcomes community for holiday choral concert," 8 Dec. 2017 Central aspects of humanity—sympathy, intuition, creativity, improvisation, artistic and social skills—could be curtailed or even erased by the brain as a result of its attempt to copy the behavior of digital computers. Miguel Nicolelis, WSJ, "The Troubled Marriage of Brains and Computers," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of digital computer

1946, in the meaning defined above

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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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