output

noun
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

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 The great thing about wired is that making a connection is as easy as hooking it up to your computer via input and output jacks or a USB port. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, "Best computer speakers: Make music, video chats, and more a whole lot clearer," 12 Jan. 2021 More than 60 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people still primarily depend on agriculture for their livelihood, though the sector accounts for only about 15 percent of the country’s economic output. New York Times, "In the Cold and Rain, India’s Farmers Press Their Stand Against Modi," 9 Jan. 2021 Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan liked to note that economic output has steadily gotten lighter. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Covid-19 Propelled Businesses Into the Future. Ready or Not.," 26 Dec. 2020 Swiss officials have spent an amount equal to more than 14 percent of the tiny nation’s economic output to offset a weaker dollar, according to a senior Treasury official who briefed reporters on the condition that he not be named. Washington Post, "U.S. Treasury labels Vietnam, Switzerland as currency manipulators," 16 Dec. 2020 Both the original and new Bike+ measure metrics including cadence (speed), resistance, output (powered in KJ), calories, and heart rate. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Peloton Bike+, According to Our Fitness Experts," 14 Dec. 2020 Bahrain could extend the duration of support measures to help businesses cope with the impact of the coronavirus after deploying the Gulf region’s biggest stimulus relative to economic output. Matthew Martin, Bloomberg.com, "Gulf’s Stimulus Outlier Puts Off New Taxes, Weighs Longer Relief," 9 Dec. 2020 Because of the lockdowns, U.S. economic output contracted by a horrific 9% in the second quarter of 2020, compared with the first quarter. David Brooks, Star Tribune, "Pandemic relief is a make-or-break moment," 4 Dec. 2020 On a 2020 Cowboys’ roster with a lot of star power at skill positions, Cooper has accounted for 19% of the team’s offensive output (859 of 4,429 gross yards). Dallas News, "Amari Cooper is quietly on pace to reach a milestone only two other Cowboys have accomplished," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The whole thing can output 111W of power in total, and Nekteck includes a fast-charging USB-C cable in the box. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 5 protocol supports the PD standard and can output 100 watts as well. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?," 14 Oct. 2020 Paired with the open Power Delivery standard for battery charging, the latest spec allows adapters to output up to 100 watts, with the ability to scale down if the device that's plugged in can't accept that much power. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?," 14 Oct. 2020 What kind of power would a 75 kg human need to output in order to finish the Red Bull 400 in 5 minutes? Rhett Allain, Wired, "How Much Power Does It Take to Do the Red Bull 400 Hill Run?," 1 Oct. 2020 However, even the government estimates that new agreements with big economies such as the U.S. or Japan will only add about 0.07% each to output over the long term, and nothing is expected to be concluded before January. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Brexit Is Coming Back to Bite Bellwether U.K. Stocks," 26 Aug. 2020 Other wireless chargers on the market are able to output 15 watts or more to recharge Android phones, but the Base Station Pro is limited to 5 watts for Android handsets. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "This Wireless Charger Imitates Apple’s AirPower Tech—Almost," 25 Aug. 2020 The tech tycoon tweeted on Thursday that Teslas will be able to play elevator music through external speakers, which were added to cars in 2019 to output pedestrian warning sounds. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk says Teslas newer electric cars will play elevator music," 21 Aug. 2020 Models are approximations and omit details, but a good model will robustly output the quantities it was developed for. Sabine Hossenfelder, Scientific American, "The Truth about Scientific Models," 18 June 2020

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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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The first known use of output was in 1841

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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Output.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/output. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for output

output

noun
How to pronounce output (audio)

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 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

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 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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