input

noun
in·​put | \ ˈin-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce input (audio) \

Definition of input

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is put in: such as
b : information fed into a data processing system or computer
c : power or energy put into a machine or system for storage, conversion in kind, or conversion of characteristics usually with the intent of sizable recovery in the form of output
d : an amount put in increased input of fertilizer increases crop yield
e : a stimulus that acts on and is integrated into a bodily system sensory input
f : a component of production (such as land, labor, or raw materials)
2 : the means by which or the point at which an input (as of energy, material, or data) is made
3 : the act or process of putting in

input

verb
inputted or input; inputting

Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enter (data) into a computer or data processing system

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Synonyms & Antonyms for input

Synonyms: Noun

intake

Antonyms: Noun

output, outturn, production, throughput

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Examples of input in a Sentence

Noun

I need your input on what to have for dinner. She provided some valuable input at the start of the project. The computer gets its input from a keyboard or mouse. This VCR has several audio inputs. The job will require a considerable input of money. The data is ready for input into a computer.

Verb

She inputted the sales figures into the spreadsheet.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The task force — which included community advocates, aldermen and city department heads — met monthly behind closed doors and held several public forums to solicit input from residents. ProPublica, "Task Force on Tickets and Debt Suggests Reforms but Needs Chicago’s Mayor and City Council to Finish the Work," 15 June 2019 The threat is taken so seriously in California that officials have included input from animal welfare groups philosophically opposed to horse racing in drafting new policies. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Reform or extinction? Many see horse slaughter as existential threat to racing," 15 June 2019 Next steps include community feedback opportunities, with an online form opening June 14, four input sessions throughout July and three school board public hearings in September. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "More than 57,000 students projected to attend Howard schools in September," 14 June 2019 Kitchens has been doing more in offensive meetings the past few weeks, but only because he’s been gathering input from all the assistants and must make decisions on how the scheme will ultimately play out, a source told cleveland.com. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns’ OC Todd Monken’s transition not as smooth as planned, Freddie Kitchens playing a larger role: Report," 13 June 2019 When the Embarcadero Freeway was first discussed, there was little input from the citizens of San Francisco. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "1958 photos of the Embarcadero Freeway: A double-decker mistake rises," 12 June 2019 Plugging in unequal input and churning out equal output is merely a formula for reversed unfairness. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 The technology promises to reduce input lag by up to 30 percent in some games. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD releases two affordable Navi-based Radeon RX cards and lays out ray tracing plans," 10 June 2019 This forces both wheels on the axle to react to any inputs from the driver or terrain. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The New Defender Will Not Be Like the Old One," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Upon placing an order, customers can input their measurements, leave notes for the production team, and view the name of the person who will sew their garments. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019 The doctor can also input the results of the patient’s urinalysis; a negative drug test gives them another opportunity to spin the prize wheel, Dr. Maricich says (in addition to the voucher reward). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018 Here's how to download your personal cache of Apple data: Navigate to the Privacy Portal and input your Apple ID. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "What Data Does Apple Have on You? Here's How to Download It and Find Out," 18 Oct. 2018 The place to start when looking for a plan is healthcare.gov, which will ask you to input your zip code. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Heads Up: You Can Still Sign Up for Obamacare and Open Enrollment Is Going On Right Now," 14 Nov. 2018 People need to input a special code to get access to those free calls. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "How a Child Moves Through a Broken Immigration System," 20 June 2018 Visit a local RV Show Click here and input your city and state to find the show closest to you. Fox News, "Tiny Trailers - Big Dreams," 7 Sep. 2018 The most obvious way to type is to set the tablet down flat on a surface and use one finger to input text. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 The issue was a result of Colley failing to input the Appalachian State–Western Illinois FCS playoff game that week—a small mistake, but one that still effected an order that helped determine bowl pairings. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of input

Noun

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of input was in 1653

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input

noun

English Language Learners Definition of input

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: advice or opinions that help someone make a decision
: information that is put into a computer
: something (such as power or energy) that is put into a machine or system

input

verb

English Language Learners Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter (information) into a computer

input

noun
in·​put | \ ˈin-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce input (audio) \

Kids Definition of input

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as power, a signal, or data) that is put into a machine or system
2 : the point at which an input is made
3 : the act of or process of putting in the input of data

input

verb
inputted or input; inputting

Kids Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter (as data) into a computer

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