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

How important and how strong are the relations between the leadership of SAG-AFTRA and the DGA in order to have input into that process? Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, ""We Have a Lot of Work Ahead": SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris on Next Steps After Election Win (Q&A)," 30 Aug. 2019 Like Verlander, Clark has also questioned whether MLB has more input into the ball as a result of the organization’s stake in Rawlings. James Rogers, Fox News, "Baseball's home run surge spurs scientists to look for answers," 22 Aug. 2019 Roc Nation is also expected to have input in the direction of Inspire Change, an NFL initiative that grew out of discussions with players about their desires to help communities and to advance criminal justice reform. Des Bieler, courant.com, "Jay-Z has ‘moved past kneeling;’ some NFL players have a problem with that," 20 Aug. 2019 Some policies are decided without input from diplomatic, political or military experts. John Walcott, Time, "Trump's Muddled Message on Hong Kong Captures the Real Problem With His Foreign Policy," 20 Aug. 2019 Those who can’t make a meeting or have further input can take the survey at cupertino.org/DOLA. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino community briefs for the week of Aug. 16," 16 Aug. 2019 Darpa and Galois hope that Defcon attendees will find bugs and have defense suggestions throughout the weekend, and that the larger community will have input as well. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Take on Darpa's $10 Million Voting Machine," 9 Aug. 2019 Stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal had input — as did Reiner's mum. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "When Harry Met Sally," 15 July 2019 Students themselves are also pushing to have more input on the disciplinary process. nola.com, "New Orleans schools seek better discipline process as expulsions drop but suspensions rise," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However, the Turkish port city might not be its true destination as mariners can input any destination into the identification system. Fox News, "Iranian-flagged oil tanker sought by US sets new destination," 24 Aug. 2019 However, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination. Washington Post, "World Digest: Aug. 24, 2019," 24 Aug. 2019 Users can input factors such as the desirable peak-alertness periods within a sleep schedule, the minimum desirable level of alertness, and their maximum tolerable daily caffeine intake, the researchers said. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "This new website tells you exactly when to drink coffee if you want to stay sharp," 10 June 2019 However, the do-it-yourself method calls for users to input their own parameters, including insulin sensitivity and basal routine, which involves a longer-acting form of insulinto keep their glucose levels stable. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to costly innovations," 5 June 2019 His role is to input merit badge information — who has done what for what badge — and at the end of each week, some of the really intense boys have fulfilled the requirements for four to five badges. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "For first time, girls join Boy Scouts camp at Broad Creek," 17 July 2019 Residents can offer input online through the county’s website until 5 p.m. on June 19. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nearly a hundred residents told Board of Supervisors how to spend $6.2 billion," 14 June 2019 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

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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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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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