op·​er·​and | \ ˌä-pə-ˈrand How to pronounce operand (audio) \

Definition of operand

: something (such as a quantity or data) that is operated on (as in a mathematical operation) also : the address in a computer instruction of data to be operated on

Examples of operand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The three operands of NOUN 7 were 105, the address of flagword 9 containing LETABBIT; 400 (100 000 000 binary) which selected bit 9 in the word; and then 0, to turn the bit off. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, "A deep dive into the Apollo Guidance Computer, and the hack that saved Apollo 14," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of operand

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for operand

oper(ate) + -and (as in multiplicand)

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“Operand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operand. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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