moth·​er·​board | \ ˈmə-t͟hər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce motherboard (audio) \

Definition of motherboard

: the main circuit board especially of a microcomputer

Examples of motherboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The M1 Macs are what’s known as a system-on-a-chip (SoC), where all of the main components are soldered to the motherboard, making even professional upgrades seemingly impossible. Barry Collins, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Intel seems to be planning for scarcity, as only the high-end Z690 motherboard will support DDR5. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 22 Mar. 2021 Then there are the pedestrian constraints of consumer technologies: the price customers are willing to pay for a laptop, the maximum size of a motherboard that fits into a 15-inch laptop design. Lynne Peskoe-yang, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2021 Just make sure to upgrade your motherboard’s firmware to support it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 31 Mar. 2021 Major motherboard maker Asus, however, apparently got sick of dropping yet another metal screw into the bowels of a new PC and has brought in a simple plastic retention clip to hold a drive in place. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 10 Feb. 2021 However, reports emerging on social media - as first spotted by MacRumours - suggest that is indeed possible to prise the memory and the storage off the motherboard and replace them with upgraded components. Barry Collins, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 These use cases apply to the prosumers and professionals for which this motherboard is designed. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 15 Mar. 2021 Sadly, the new Xbox also pairs its optical drive and motherboard. Kyle Wiens, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of motherboard

1971, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2021

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“Motherboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of motherboard

: the main circuit board of a computer


moth·​er·​board | \ ˈmə-t͟hər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce motherboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of motherboard

: the main circuit board especially of a small computer

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