input

noun
in·put | \ ˈin-ˌpu̇t \

Definition of input 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is put in: such as

a : advice, opinion, comment

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 tests were not conceived with input from A-10 pilots, Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, the airmen who call in air strikes and air support, or the Army and Marines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 The Corps on Thursday announced three public meetings next week to explain the proposals and gather input on what issues should be addressed in the environmental impact study. Fox News, "Army Corps sets meetings to outline New York flood proposals," 6 July 2018 Before moving forward with a Taser policy, the Police Department held numerous public meetings to gather community input. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "SF police effort to get Tasers set back," 29 June 2018 Media: City of League City, Houston Chronicle League City will hold a public meeting on Thursday June 27 to gather input on plans to renovate the city's boat ramp at FM 270, which was built in the late 1980s. Houston Chronicle Staff, Houston Chronicle, "League City to hold public meeting Thursday on boat ramp improvements," 27 June 2018 Also, a statue of John B. Castleman — a Confederate soldier who later became a brigadier general in the U.S. Army — in Cherokee Triangle has been vandalized numerous times as city officials weigh public input on whether or not to remove the statue. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Why is today Confederate Memorial Day in Kentucky?," 3 June 2018 The legislation is a broader, earlier version of a policy that House Republicans spent weeks working to refine, with input from supporters, drug makers, and FDA staff. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Congress tees up a vote that could send ‘right-to-try’ measure to Trump’s desk," 22 May 2018 The council discussed public input on renovations to Bub Williamson Park. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How they voted, May 13," 13 May 2018 The bill gives the management councils more control over no-fishing timeframes to rebuild fish stocks and aims to provide more input to outside groups. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 For years, taxpayers followed the instructions and carefully worked their way down the form, using pens to input information on the 1040 and mailing the paper to the government with a check or a request for a refund. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "There’s a New 1040 Tax Form. Will Millions of E-Filers Even Notice?," 29 June 2018 Go to the House and Senate's official websites to input your zip code or state and find out who represents you. refinery29.com, "How You Can Help Keep Abortion Safe & Legal In Light Of Justice Kennedy Retiring," 28 June 2018 Until Wednesday, apps that let people input Facebook events into their calendars could also automatically import lists of all the people who attended the events, Facebook said. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook hackers likely hit most users," 5 Apr. 2018 Until Wednesday, apps that let people input a Facebook event into their calendar could also automatically import lists of all the people who attended that event, Facebook said. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Personal data of nearly 2 billion users collected and shared with outsiders, Facebook says," 4 Apr. 2018 The settlement paperwork says the scheme started in 2011, which included the forging of physician signatures to input claims. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Medicare scheme costs group running Cobb, Buckhead nursing homes $30M," 9 June 2018 Home-loan shoppers input their exact specifications, and the platform’s lender-matching technology will return a list of lenders who deal in that specific type of loan. Arnie Aurellano, USA TODAY, "Finding the best mortgage lender for a home loan is easier than you think," 4 June 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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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 \

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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