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

Hours earlier, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Khalid al-Falih, said the kingdom was already planning to cut its own output regardless of any collective production. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia, Others Inch Closer to Oil Output-Cut Pact," 11 Nov. 2018 Charge your computer, output to a 4K monitor, plug in flash storage, and more with this device. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Save on items from The Verge’s Holiday Gift Guide with these exclusive discounts," 6 Nov. 2018 More mechanically advanced generators do a better job than older ones at adjusting engine rpm to their electrical output. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Home Generator 101: How to Power on When the Power Goes Out," 10 Sep. 2018 Despite its modest output, Australia’s smallest state has taken the whisky world by storm in recent years, ranking highly in international competitions as well as Jim Murray’s seminal Whisky Bible. Sarah Theeboom, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Country You Visit for Whisky? Australia," 16 Aug. 2018 Bernstein’s centennial has led to re-examining his diverse output beyond Broadway. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The Trouble With Bernstein’s Broadway in the Concert Hall," 13 July 2018 Cities in the less developed and more rapidly urbanizing parts of the world, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Mumbai, may experience even more substantial losses as a percentage of their total economic output. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 Still, the company is showing measured growth in its production outputs while continuing to expand in areas like northern Alaska and the Austin Chalk shale in southern Texas and Louisiana. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips boosts share repurchasing by another $1 billion," 12 July 2018 The wake from the split meanders through the gorge's wind farms, causing output to spike and slump. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, "Weather-Smart Electric Grids Are Needed for Wind and Solar Power to Surge," 13 July 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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