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 framework provides event handlers for delivering taps, gestures, and other types of input to your app, and tools to manage the flow of data from your app's models down to the views and controls that users will see and interact with. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs," 1 July 2019 Crude oil distillation capacity rates are based on an operator's estimate of the input that a distillation unit can process in a 24-hour period under usual operating conditions, recognizing the effects of both planned and unplanned maintenance. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "American refineries reach record capacity rates," 27 June 2019 The lack of parent input was striking on its own but the widespread acceptance of this marginalization was of particular note, the report said. Jennifer Mcdermott, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The system is broken and the Providence public schools are in crisis,’ Raimondo says," 26 June 2019 Each set of audio features can be considered a frame of sound and is used to predict whether that segment of the sound input is aggressive. Jeff Kao And Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Methodology: How We Tested an Aggression Detection Algorithm," 25 June 2019 In the real world, costs of inputs matter as well as prices of output. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Oil prices, war, and a bad corn crop," 23 June 2019 Such problems are less likely in more developed G20 countries, which keep better track of the prices of inputs. The Economist, "A former official casts doubt on India’s GDP figures," 15 June 2019 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

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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