minicomputer

noun
mini·​com·​put·​er | \ ˌmi-nē-kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce minicomputer (audio) \

Definition of minicomputer

: a small computer that is intermediate between a microcomputer and a mainframe in size, speed, and capacity, that can support time-sharing, and that is often dedicated to a single application

Examples of minicomputer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What made programming the PDP-11 different was that the minicomputer's design was elegant. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 This is the story of the PDP-11, the most influential and successful minicomputer ever. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 First published in 1981, the book reveals the inner workings of Data General in the 1970s as the company strives to design and release a successful next-generation minicomputer. Simon Hill, Wired, 11 Dec. 2021 Faulkner wrote all the original code on a Data General Eclipse 16-bit minicomputer the size of a refrigerator. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 To demonstrate his technique, Wouters assembled a breadbox-sized device that includes a Raspberry Pi minicomputer, a secondhand Model X BCM, a key fob, a power converter, and a battery. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 23 Nov. 2020 The missilelike attack of the desktop computer wounded minicomputer-makers. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Similarly, the first personal computers were basically toys compared to the existing minicomputers and mainframes. Michael Mandel, STAT, 27 Apr. 2020 This collaboration helped Wipro launch their minicomputers in India in 1981. Rohini Krishnamurthy, Quartz India, 5 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of minicomputer

1967, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2022

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“Minicomputer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minicomputer. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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