mi·​cro·​com·​put·​er ˈmī-krō-kəm-ˌpyü-tər How to pronounce microcomputer (audio)
: a small computer usually equipped with a microprocessor
especially : personal computer

Examples of microcomputer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joby integrates all aspects of engineering and manufacturing — from microcomputers to propeller blades, as well as some of the robots that assemble components that go into the finished aircraft. Marc Wortman, Rolling Stone, 25 Dec. 2023 Zojirushi Zojirushi rice cookers set the standard for rice cooker technology with its micom (short for microcomputer) machines. Wilder Davies, Bon Appétit, 27 Nov. 2023 Microsoft Flight Simulator , released in late 1982, continued to improve in the months that followed, mirroring the advancements in microcomputers. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Feb. 2023 Despite doubts that the Raspberry Pi 5 would launch this year, the latest version of the microcomputer has arrived with some notable upgrades at a $60 starting price. Emma Roth, The Verge, 28 Sep. 2023 The information is also stored in a microcomputer in the vehicle as well as external servers so it can be accessed later. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Mar. 2023 Dave Denhart, subLogic’s second hire, recalls that the company’s early days were driven by Artwick’s 3D software, updated for emerging microcomputers. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Feb. 2023 Photo: Educational Insights Artie 3000 Artie 3000 is a modern version of the classic turtle drawing robot that could be found in classrooms connected to a microcomputer running the Logo language. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Nov. 2019 With only minimal angler input, a microcomputer assesses spool speed every 1/1000 of a second to adjust for lure weight and wind. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of microcomputer was in 1956

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“Microcomputer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microcomputer. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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