microcomputer

noun
mi·cro·com·put·er | \ˈmī-krō-kəm-ˌpyü-tər \

Definition of microcomputer 

1 : a small computer usually equipped with a microprocessor especially : personal computer

Examples of microcomputer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Sadly, this initially promising attempt at commercialization foundered because of bad luck, poor marketing decisions and a failure to comprehend the onrushing wave of microcomputers such as the Apple II. Phil Lapsley, WSJ, "Review: Plato’s ‘Friendly Orange Glow’," 8 Dec. 2017 That charge is then collected through a conductive electrode in the foam, measured by a microcomputer, and transmitted to a computer or smart device. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Researchers at BYU Create 'Smartfoam' to Better Monitor Concussion Risk in Real Time," 22 Sep. 2017 To capture the auditory version of this astronomical event, the team turned to a piece of technology measuring only a couple inches long: the Arduino, a cheap microcomputer popular with tech-savvy, DIY hobbyists. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "How Blind Astronomers Will Observe the Solar Eclipse," 5 Aug. 2017 Still, if the question of IBM's first microcomputer ever comes up in a trivia game, there's your answer. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "The complete history of the IBM PC, part one: The deal of the century," 30 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'microcomputer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of microcomputer

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about microcomputer

Share microcomputer

Statistics for microcomputer

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for microcomputer

The first known use of microcomputer was in 1956

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for microcomputer

microcomputer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of microcomputer

: a small computer

microcomputer

noun
mi·cro·com·put·er | \ˈmī-krō-kəm-ˌpyü-tər \

Kids Definition of microcomputer

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on microcomputer

What made you want to look up microcomputer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!