input

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noun

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

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verb

inputted or input; inputting

transitive verb

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Your teammates welcome your input and your manager recognizes your achievements regularly. Sheila Callaham, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The inputs on processing and costs for surface tailings storage disclosed in this news release have been reviewed and verified by Mr. Donald Hickson, P.Eng., of Envis Peru S.A.C. (Envis), a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 Feb. 2024 Many work in downstream sectors that rely on affordable inputs and exports that rely on reciprocity and global demand. Desirée Leclercq, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals requested federal input in a legal battle between the Canadian-oil giant and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 28 Feb. 2024 The study gathered community input on potential ideas for improvements along state Highway 36 from Roseville to Maplewood, and attendees of these meetings will have an opportunity to share feedback. Anna Pearson, Twin Cities, 28 Feb. 2024 Teachers' input is often left out of the conversation when such policies or programs are created, said Sara Marshall, Teach Indy executive director. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Feb. 2024 The challengers also accused the mayor of not seeking public input on where to put bike lanes and damaging neighborhood character by allowing too many backyard housing units. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 Before Google blocked the image-generation feature Thursday morning, Gemini produced White people for prompts input by a Washington Post reporter asking to show a beautiful woman, a handsome man, a social media influencer, an engineer, a teacher and a gay couple. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024
Verb
Employees need access to correct information to do their jobs effectively, so skilled data entry operators who can input and organize data quickly and accurately are a necessity. Eric Friedman, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 To claim the bonus, visit the cashier and input your code after selecting a payment option. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 The only real issue is dedicated keys that input certain multi-key commands, since these will differ from one operating system to another. Henri Robbins, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2024 Meteorologists use various different frameworks to assign different weights and uncertainties to each available data sources and input the data into computer models of the atmosphere that then generate storm forecasts. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Jan. 2024 To search, travelers can input their flight number or airport codes. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2024 That streaming happens courtesy of the car's wireless connection, which also returns the driver inputs back from the call center to the vehicle. Tim Stevens, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2024 Individuals input a basic concept or problem statement into a generative AI tool, which then generates a range of ideas, perspectives, and solutions. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2024 Simply input your flight information, choose your time, and submit your name (no membership required). Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of input was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Input.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/input. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

input

1 of 2 noun
in·​put ˈin-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce input (audio)
1
: power, energy, a signal, or information put into a machine or system
2
3
: a point at which an input is put in
4
: the act or process of putting in

input

2 of 2 verb
inputted or input; inputting
: to enter (as data) into a computer

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