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

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Recent Examples on the Web This smart keychain replaces your typical charging cable using a microcomputer electronic system to charge your Apple Watch wirelessly. Popular Science, "The latest Apple event giving you major FOMO? Here are some deals to help ease the pain.," 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, "Scamper your way to creative solutions," 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, "Tackle Test: The Best New Fishing Rods and Reels for 2020, Ranked and Rated," 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, "Here’s What It Would Take to Get to ‘Win-Win’ With China on Trade, Experts Say," 1 Sep. 2019 Harness microcomputers and biology to make your own renewable energy system in a STEM workshop. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics High School Workshop on the MIT Campus," 12 June 2019 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

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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 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of microcomputer

: a small computer


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