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

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


outputted or output; outputting

Definition of output (Entry 2 of 2)

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 European energy buyers have turned away from Russian diesel and other refined products, forcing Russian refineries to cut output and slash purchases of crude oil, the IEA said. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Iraq also lacks the infrastructure to raise output and investment in oil projects can take years before fruits are reaped, analysts say. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 9 May 2022 Washington has asked Gulf Arab oil exporters to boost output and counter price rises spurred by Russia’s invasion, and the plea may come up again in the talks expected to be held at the crown prince’s retreat near Morocco’s capital, Rabat. Souhail Karam, Bloomberg.com, 29 Mar. 2022 Thompson finished the night with 37 points in 40 minutes, his second-highest scoring output of the season and his third 30-point game of the year, and made nine 3-pointers, also a season high. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Mar. 2022 Named after the moniker for subarctic conifer forests, the Taiga offers plenty of output and little range anxiety. Bryan Campbell, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 Hyperpop has gone on to share some of electroclash’s defining characteristics, including the fusion of multiple mainstream genres, performative artistic output and a bevy of LGBTQ performers blazing the trail forward for the new musical movement. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 24 Mar. 2022 His enduring reputation is based upon his romantic, large-scale landscapes, glowing lighting, prolific output, and influence on a burgeoning conservation movement. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2022 Nowhere in the world today is that more obvious than in Japan, where the aging workforce has undercut both output and innovation. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By comparison, one floating terminal can output some five billion cubic meters. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 17 May 2022 That was when the accessory could only output 5W of power. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 22 Apr. 2022 But the company doesn't expect to output that many vehicles from the Gigafactory until 2025. Nathaniel Mott, PCMAG, 3 Apr. 2022 So output the following morning is cut to ensure people can recover somewhat from the constant stress of war. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2022 Cryptographers sometimes use unidirectional math operations — ones that will easily output a number but cannot be reverse-engineered to reveal the process. Quanta Magazine, 4 Feb. 2022 Most CRTs were designed to output 240 lines of horizontal resolution (called 240p) on the screen at a time. Aidan Moher, Wired, 27 May 2021 Lightroom is a photographer-specific app that helps organize all your photos, narrow down your best shots, make adjustments and then output them for printing or online. Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 The noise channel can output a static-like sound in two modes with 16 different pitches per mode, and developers normally used it to create percussion tracks. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of output


1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1858, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Output.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/output. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for output


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

Kids Definition of output

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


outputted or output; outputting

Kids Definition of output (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce something Computers output data quickly.


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

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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