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

Ideally, production output should be exactly the order quantity placed by the customer, not more. Ronna Chao, Quartz, "I helped create a unique upcycling system—but it won’t solve fashion’s waste problem," 10 Sep. 2019 The lack of offensive output could have been a problem if not for their dominant defense creating havoc and making plays. SI.com, "Western Michigan vs. Michigan State Live Stream: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Game Time," 7 Sep. 2019 Manufacturing added 8,000, despite other data that shows factory output is contracting. BostonGlobe.com, "French judges drop case against Air France for 2009 crash," 6 Sep. 2019 Manufacturing added 8,000, despite other data that shows factory output is contracting. Washington Post, "Survey: Businesses added a solid 195,000 jobs in August," 5 Sep. 2019 Natural gas output in the U.S. has been so high that pipelines can’t handle it all. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Trump’s EPA keeps trashing the planet," 30 Aug. 2019 China’s industrial output is growing at its slowest pace in 17 years. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Volatile Politics Rattle the Global Economy," 22 Aug. 2019 In Greece and Italy, output is still below pre-crisis peaks. The Economist, "Employment in southern Europe: better, but fragile," 22 Aug. 2019 Industrial output, meanwhile, was at a 17-year low in July while the yuan has slipped versus the dollar. NBC News, "Trump links Hong Kong protests to trade talks with China," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The system outputs S-Video, which is found on barely any contemporary TVs and looks pretty bad, or composite, which is found on a few more TVs but looks even worse. Sam Byford, The Verge, "This expensive adapter makes the Nintendo 64 look good on modern TVs," 7 Aug. 2019 Both cameras have hyperlapse features (i.e. stabilized time-lapse video), but the Osmo Action can only output them at 2.7K30 while the Hero7 Black’s hyperlapse (called TimeWarp, again with the gimmicky names) goes to a full 4K30. Brent Rose, The Verge, "DJI Osmo Action review: giving GoPro real competition," 5 Aug. 2019 That means taking input from one type of AI algorithm but formatting its output so that it's understood by another—reading spikes and outputting data, or the opposite. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "One chip to rule them all: It natively runs all types of AI software," 31 July 2019 Alan Turing showed that no computer program can decide whether any other possible program will eventually terminate and output an answer or get stuck in an infinite loop. Quanta Magazine, "Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer," 21 Apr. 2015 Presumably media will output at 8K, but few games will hit that resolution natively. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's next-gen Xbox 'Project Scarlett' console packs Ryzen, Radeon Navi, SSDs, and ray-tracing," 9 June 2019 To calculate the graph Laplacian, first imagine a graph and also a function on that graph that outputs a value at each point. Quanta Magazine, "The Tricky Translation of Mathematical Ideas," 28 June 2017 The new iPad Pros are also rumored to include a USB-C port that can output 4K HDR video to an external display. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "iPad Pro rumors: 4K HDR video output over USB-C, flexible Face ID, and more," 9 Oct. 2018 Instead, the iPad Pros support the USB-C / HDMI and DisplayPort alternate mode specs for outputting to a display. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Adding USB-C to the iPad isn’t enough to fix Apple’s messy port strategy," 31 Oct. 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 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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