output

noun
out·​put | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpu̇t \

Definition of output

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something produced: such as
a : mineral, agricultural, or industrial production steel output
b : mental or artistic production literary output
c : the amount produced by a person in a given time
d : power or energy produced or delivered by a machine or system (as for storage or for conversion in kind or in characteristics) generator output solar X-ray output
e : the information produced by a computer
2 : the act, process, or an instance of producing
3 : the terminal for the output on an electrical device

output

verb
outputted or output; outputting

Definition of output (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to produce as output

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Examples of output in a Sentence

Noun

stars with large energy outputs The computer's output is shown on this screen. outputs of up to 400 watts the television's video and audio outputs

Verb

Computers output data very quickly.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is a system tray utility that gives you volume levels for every app, and the ability to set custom inputs and outputs for those apps. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The 9 best apps for your new Windows PC," 27 Dec. 2018 Synlogic is also developing more complicated switches with multiple inputs and outputs to use in therapies for inflammatory bowel disease, says Collins. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 The country’s industrial output, retail sales and investment all fell below forecasts last month and economists predict that the trade conflict could cut as much as half a percentage point from annual economic growth. Bloomberg.com, "China Begins to Question Whether It’s Ready for a Trade War," 26 June 2018 The country boosted production after the U.S. lifted sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program in 2016, but analysts expect output to fall when the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the deal takes full effect later this year. Washington Post, "Trump declares oil prices too high, blames OPEC," 14 June 2018 The bank estimates that during fighting from 2011 until the end of 2016, Syria shed an estimated $226 billion of its economic output. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "‘They’re All Thieves’: Navigating Syria’s Checkpoint Shakedowns," 23 Dec. 2018 While machines will do this work, don’t expect conformity in their outputs. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 The biggest emissions story in 2018, though, appears to be China, the world’s single largest emitting country, which grew its output of planet-warming gases by nearly half a billion tons, researchers estimate. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 If the light emitted at the back of the bunch is not in phase with the light at the front, you get reduced output power. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single-beam laser becomes multi-beam laser by kicking electrons," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s a $49.99 model for the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s physically larger, 87W USB-C charger (which Hyper says can output up to 82W to the USB-C port and up to 12.5W on the USB Type-A plugs). Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "This clever USB-C hub attaches directly to your MacBook charger," 31 Oct. 2018 Instead, Ouster uses the existing light sensors on its lidar unit to also capture ambient light data—and then output them in a format that makes correlating the different types of data easy. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This lidar/camera hybrid could be a powerful addition to driverless cars," 4 Sep. 2018 Tom’s Hardware also reports that the new GTX 1180 will be capable of outputting up to 120Hz to VR headsets over a single proprietary cable. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1180 could be unveiled next month," 2 July 2018 Crude prices have eased from more-than three-year highs in recent weeks on expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies would soften curbs to output that have been in place since January 2017. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Trade Fears Threaten Best Year in Commodities Since 2002," 15 June 2018 But rather than sink with the film market, Polaroid reinvented itself with new products that could help output the new world of digital images. Ann Elsner, Smithsonian, "Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land Gave Us More Than Just Instant Photos," 18 May 2018 The engine can output a colossal 661 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, which is good for a 0-60 time of 3 seconds dead. Michael Whiteley, chicagotribune.com, "Ferrari's prancing horse gets a kick with turbocharged 488 GTB," 16 June 2017 Built-in displays usually can’t be powered by the eGPU The eGPU solution in macOS 10.13.4 works by outputting the video over Thunderbolt 3 to an external enclosure, which then sends the image to an external display. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Are external GPUs for Macs viable in macOS 10.13.4? We tested to find out," 14 Apr. 2018 Bias previously unseen in the data becomes disturbingly clear as an AI system starts outputting results that reflect our own most ingrained prejudice. Richard Socher, Fortune, "Commentary: Fear of an AI Apocalypse Is Distracting Us From the Real Task at Hand," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of output

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1858, in the meaning defined above

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output

noun

English Language Learners Definition of output

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the amount of something that is produced by a person or thing

: something (such as power, energy, or information) that is produced by a machine or system

: the place at which information, power, etc., comes out of a machine or system

output

verb

English Language Learners Definition of output (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce and send out (something, such as information)

output

noun
out·​put | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpu̇t \

Kids Definition of output

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something produced The factory increased steel output.
2 : the information produced by a computer

output

verb
outputted or output; outputting

Kids Definition of output (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce something Computers output data quickly.

output

noun
out·​put | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpu̇t \

Medical Definition of output

: the amount of energy or matter discharged usually within a specified time by a bodily system or organ renal output urinary output — see cardiac output

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