op·​er·​and ˌä-pə-ˈrand How to pronounce operand (audio)
: 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, 30 Jan. 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of operand was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Operand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operand. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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