moth·​er·​board ˈmə-t͟hər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce motherboard (audio)
: the main circuit board especially of a microcomputer

Examples of motherboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Intel, on the other hand, will be introducing a new CPU socket and CPU architecture so potential customers will have to buy new motherboards as well as the processors. Antony Leather, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 These include the display module, removable SSD, battery, motherboard (main processor and memory), thermal module, speakers, cameras, and more. Matthew Buzzi, PCMAG, 21 Mar. 2024 Front camera Rear camera Power and volume buttons Kickstand The Surface Laptop 6 replaceable parts list includes the display assembly, keyboard, SSD, battery, motherboard, Surface Connect port, thermal module, audio jack, speakers, touchpad, enclosure, and feet. Tom Warren, The Verge, 21 Mar. 2024 The rig has an MSI X570 motherboard and an AMD Ryzen CPU, 16GB of Corsair Dominator DDR4 memory clocked to 3,600MHz, and a discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics card. PCMAG, 21 Mar. 2024 The process begins with cleaning the motherboard and removing unwanted components like capacitors and plastic cladding. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2024 The researchers were able to extract about half a gram of gold from old motherboards using their process. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2024 In Seoul this month, Zendaya and Roach delivered another striking vintage moment, when the star slipped into Givenchy’s fall 1999 motherboard dress, designed by the late Lee McQueen. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2024 This is enabled by a clever system of magnets and copper contact pads that allow the keyboard, trackpad, and other components to connect to the motherboard via the USB bus without involving the bendy, fiddly ribbon cables that usually connect laptop keyboards and trackpads. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motherboard was in 1971

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“Motherboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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moth·​er·​board ˈmət͟h-ər-ˌbō(ə)rd How to pronounce motherboard (audio)
: the main circuit board especially of a personal computer

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