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

Not all of the combined power is available at the same time, but maximum output is 99 horsepower, which pushes this 2,500-pound car along quite nicely. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Sheer output and diversification were indeed key to Netflix’s 2018 ascendancy. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 The average annual output of New York’s craft breweries is around 6,000 barrels, according to Mr. Leone. Lara Korte, WSJ, "New York Sees Boom in Craft Breweries, With More on Tap," 12 July 2018 The exhibition’s goal, according to the Art Newspaper’s Hannah McGivern, is to show that Warhol’s artistic output was not significantly impeded by Valerie Solanas’ 1968 assassination attempt (even if his health never quite recovered). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 2018 Economic output in the second quarter is cooking at roughly a 4% rate, and jobs are abundant. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Xiaomi Flop, Brexit Resignation, Formula Lobbying: CEO Daily for July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 The quality is evident, the output is prodigious - 5,000 to 6,000 pieces come out of the ovens daily. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "'Estelle 2.0' culminates lifelong dream for Sacramento baker," 30 June 2018 Power output is 670 hp, which VW says will get the car to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds (so, faster than a Formula 1 car). Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Neat Engineering VW Used to Smash the Pikes Peak Record," 25 June 2018 On YouTube, video output is often inconsistent between channels and may rely on a blend of live streamed and pre-recorded content, which could complicate how viewers respond to a one-size-fits-all monthly fee. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How YouTube creators are using the platform’s new Patreon-like subscriptions," 21 June 2018

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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 And the fuel cell will also work as a mobile generator, outputting high voltage AC, DC, or 120V AC in addition to sending power to the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From disasters to freight, this driverless fuel cell platform has it covered," 6 Oct. 2017 The International Monetary Fund estimates output will contract 3.5 percent this year, while annual inflation was 155 percent in July, the last month in which the index was published. Okech Francis, Bloomberg.com, "Civil War Leaves South Sudanese Officials Hustling for Food," 3 Nov. 2017

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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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