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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Because signals take 11 minutes to reach Earth, human input in the event of a mishap is impossible. Editors, USA TODAY, "Winter storm, GameStop hearing, NASA's Perseverance to land on Mars: 5 things to know Thursday," 18 Feb. 2021 The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding de Blasio's input. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'The bullying is nothing new': De Blasio says report Cuomo threatened assemblyman is pattern of behavior," 18 Feb. 2021 With Curry healthy and thriving this season and Lillard performing as one of the NBA’s best clutch-time scorers, Doncic may be the odd West guard out after player and media input. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "The cases for and against Luka Doncic starting the 2021 All-Star Game," 17 Feb. 2021 The board would use input from the advisory council, as well as public comment and justifications from drug manufacturers, to determine the upper payment limit. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, "Minnesota lawmakers introduce board to regulate drug prices," 16 Feb. 2021 As noted at the very end of the documentary, The Times attempted to reach Britney's team to request her participation and input on the film. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About Britney Spears's Involvement in the 'Framing Britney' Documentary," 13 Feb. 2021 The final straw came when McNair promised to give Watson input in hiring the team’s new GM manager or head coach, but didn’t follow through. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Several NFL franchise quarterbacks want trades after Tom Brady showed them the way," 13 Feb. 2021 Education Department officials this week are continuing to solicit input from outside education groups about school reopening guidelines, two people familiar with the discussions told CBS News. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Many schools have reopened without White House guidance, but can be hard to track how they're teaching," 9 Feb. 2021 During the Town Hall, Nolde outlined several key areas, based on prior community input, proposed for the expansion. cleveland, "Groundbreaking for Avon Library expansion coming this summer: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 6 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once that happens, people can input their information and track their stimulus funds. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "$600 stimulus payments on the way; Where we stand on $2,000 check," 4 Jan. 2021 Users can input information such as setting, number of people and duration, and the tool rates it on a scale of 1 to 10. Virginia Langmaid, CNN, "Getting together for the holidays? This website will help you see how risky your plans are," 25 Nov. 2020 Goepfert said anyone who is interested in participating in a COVID vaccine trial can input their information into a national registry. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "UAB vaccine trials might begin next week," 25 Nov. 2020 Programmers would manually input face descriptors into a computer. New York Times, "Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears," 11 Nov. 2020 But with deep learning, programmers input the images into a neural network that figures out how best to identify individuals. New York Times, "Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears," 11 Nov. 2020 This research, published in the journal JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth in early 2019, suggests that those who regularly input their meals into tracking apps were able to lose more weight than those who were simply trying to watch their diet. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Noom Diet? A Nutritionist Explains How the App Can Help You Lose Weight," 12 Nov. 2020 Merrillville High School has input nine teacher positive cases, eight staff positive cases and less than five student positive cases on the dashboard. Hannah Reed, chicagotribune.com, "Merrillville schools to remain online until January as rising COVID-19 cases continue to cause quarantines in staff members," 10 Nov. 2020 To find your nearest food distribution center or mobile drive-through event, go to LAFoodBank.org, click on the Find Food tab and input your area code for a list of resources, or call (323) 234-3030 for assistance. Bonnie Mccarthy, Los Angeles Times, "Food insecurity: If you need help or want to help others, we’ve got resources," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Input.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/input. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for input

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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