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

By not getting that input back in March, Planning and Zoning, city staff and perhaps most of all the school district as applicant, were deprived of the opportunity to address those concerns in the intervening two and a half months. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Mayor advises citizens to speak at Planning and Zoning Commission meetings," 18 June 2018 Our brain gets input from all these and combines the data to produce the taste of, say, orange juice. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Give the Robots Electronic Tongues," 24 May 2018 After getting input from more than a dozen boosters, DesRoches sent a 14-page letter Tuesday to the school’s regents, as well as Loh and Robert Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Frustrated with the AD search process, Maryland boosters raise concerns with Loh, Board of Regents," 9 May 2018 Beyond the choice to sponsor this particular topic, the Kavli Prize had no input about the content of the articles in this package. Madhusree Mukerjee, Scientific American, "The Biggest Questions in Science," 8 May 2018 Church representatives and architects involved in designing the project appeared at Thursday's meeting to answer questions and get input from community members who seek to protect Madisonville's small town character. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Madisonville Catholic Church project draws big crowd to town hall," 27 Apr. 2018 Patel suggested that next year, the board could get student input from the Superintendent’s student advisory council on the issue. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "PUSD board divided over student board member policy," 26 Apr. 2018 The Board of Governors continues to be actively engaged in discussions, and will examine and seek additional input regarding this category. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 The agency delayed taking immediate steps to halt automatic renewal and instead is seeking input on the idea, a relief to many in the industry who feared an immediate end to the practice. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump’s Proposed ACA Rules Could Lift Costs for Millions of People," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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