output

1 of 2

noun

out·​put ˈau̇t-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce output (audio)
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

2 of 2

verb

outputted or output; outputting

transitive verb

: to produce as output

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
While large corporations leverage large-scale AI projects, such as building custom machine learning algorithms and feeding them with corporate big data for efficient outputs, numerous options exist to utilize AI's transformative power without significant investments. Oleh Kurtianyk, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 And although the nation’s gross domestic product grew smartly last year, an alternative measure of economic output that some analysts say is more accurate – gross domestic income – has increased feebly. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Nationally, the industry expects to add 221,000 jobs this year, with total direct employment rising to 8.9 million and accounting for 3% of U.S. economic output. The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 While this isn’t the cheapest service, the quality output is well worth it. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 Adding to its troubles, the startup plans to produce just 57,000 electric trucks in 2024, keeping in line with last year’s output but falling well below Wall Street’s expectations. William Gavin, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2024 The contraction in output is the latest piece of bad economic news for Israel, which has been waging a war in Gaza aimed at destroying Hamas. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 The lineup of best picture nominees was, however, a reminder in itself of the high quality and diversity of Spain’s current film production output. John Hopewell, Variety, 10 Feb. 2024 That may translate to a second consecutive year of robust output from the state’s hydroelectric power plants, which would help bolster the electric grid this summer. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024
Verb
That discharge is measured, and the test ends when the battery can no longer output enough energy to maintain 61 mph (98.17 km/h). Evan Williams, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 Nomad This charger packs two USB-C ports, one of which can output 65 watts when used alone. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Elsewhere in the update notes, Valve points out that the Steam Deck LCD can now output full HDR and variable refresh rate content to an external monitor, even though those features aren't supported on the portable screen itself. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2023 But there is already an event camera called DAVIS that outputs both frames and events between the frames. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Oct. 2023 In the latter, an influential public key encryption algorithm developed in 1982 by Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali hinges on multiplying two large primes p and q together and outputting the result, N, along with a number, x, which is not a square modulo N. Quanta Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 The software also outputs a line of best fit, which describes the general trend of your data in the line below. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2023 That means building out multiple, smaller systems—perhaps one image generator that outputs animals and another that creates images of humans and switching between them depending on the user prompt. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 24 Aug. 2023 The companies developing these models sometimes try to scrub personal information from training data or block models from outputting it. WIRED, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of output was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Output.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/output. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

output

1 of 2 noun
out·​put ˈau̇t-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce output (audio)
1
: something produced: as
a
: agricultural or industrial production
steel output
b
: mental or artistic production
writing output
c
: the amount produced by a person in a given time
d
: power or energy delivered or produced by a machine or system
light output of the sun
e
: the information produced by a computer
2
: a point at which something (as power, an electronic signal, or data) comes out

output

2 of 2 verb
outputted or output; outputting
: to produce as output

Medical Definition

output

noun
out·​put ˈau̇t-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce output (audio)
: 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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