neural network

noun

Definition of neural network

: a computer architecture in which a number of processors are interconnected in a manner suggestive of the connections between neurons in a human brain and which is able to learn by a process of trial and error

called also neural net

Examples of neural network in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The most important thing for a solid neural network is the connections between neurons. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Figured Out How to Make Neural Networks 90 Percent Smaller—but Just as Smart," 7 May 2019 This will be followed by Cooper Lake, which will include support for bfloat16 data—a reduced precision floating-point format that's used in neural networks. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove," 12 Dec. 2018 One reason computers have lately got much better at recognizing our voices and beating us at boardgames is that researchers discovered that graphics chips could put more power behind an old machine learning technique known as deep neural networks. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "The US Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer," 8 June 2018 The wearable is hooked up to an iOS app that uses a Tensorflow neural network that's been trained with thousands of samples of real voices versus robotic voices. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "An Anti-AI Wearable for Our Dystopian Cyberpunk Future," 30 May 2017 So after AlexNet, neural networks kept getting deeper. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 The second time, the young people underwent brain imaging, with fMRIs to assess the strength and efficiency of certain resting state neural networks. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Resilient Teens in a Dangerous World," 12 Dec. 2018 However, deep neural networks are the same type of image-recognition algorithms that misidentified photos of Black people as gorillas. Meredith Broussard, The Atlantic, "Self-Driving Cars Still Don't Know How to See," 20 Mar. 2018 And that’s thanks to machine learning and neural networks, mere baby steps. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "The Chip That Changed the World," 26 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'neural network.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of neural network

1847, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neural network

Statistics for neural network

Last Updated

11 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for neural network

The first known use of neural network was in 1847

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on neural network

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about neural network

Comments on neural network

What made you want to look up neural network? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!