mi·​cro·​com·​put·​er | \ ˈmī-krō-kəm-ˌpyü-tər How to pronounce microcomputer (audio) \

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 Rudolf was once falsely accused, on no evidence other than her strong performance during a tournament, of hiding a microcomputer in her lip balm. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 The microcomputer and sensors inside the cooker can calibrate soak time and adjust the temperature as needed to ensure that the rice cooks evenly and stays warm without ever burning. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 21 June 2021 The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, high-power microcomputer. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 17 June 2021 This smart keychain replaces your typical charging cable using a microcomputer electronic system to charge your Apple Watch wirelessly. Popular Science, 22 Sep. 2020 Dan Bricklin took the spreadsheet concept from accounting and turned it into VisiCalc, the program that helped create the microcomputer software industry. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, 6 Sep. 2020 Just a short decade ago, Digital Control technology (which uses a microcomputer to prevent backlash) was available only in reels costing more than $500. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 23 Mar. 2020 This task requires a lead disruptor, like the microcomputer industry required Steve Jobs and the auto and space industries needed Elon Musk. Bob Sellers, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2019 Harness microcomputers and biology to make your own renewable energy system in a STEM workshop. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of microcomputer

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Microcomputer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microcomputer. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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