personal computer


Definition of personal computer

: a general-purpose computer equipped with a microprocessor and designed to run especially commercial software (such as a word processor or Internet browser) for an individual user

Examples of personal computer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Xerox PARC introduces the Alto, the first modern personal computer, supporting a graphical user interface. Gil Press, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 That came after Kaspersky admitted its antivirus software had accidentally downloaded secret hacking tools from the US National Security Agency due to the files being flagged as malware on a NSA contractor’s personal computer. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 15 Mar. 2022 The good old-fashioned personal computer made a comeback in 2021, benefiting from the shift to working and learning from home, CNBC reported Wednesday. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022 Belarusian outlet Nexta tweeted last week that Lenovo, the world’s largest personal computer maker, had halted shipments to Russia. Jane Li, Quartz, 2 Mar. 2022 With Sinclair computer sales beginning to tail off, and short of funds, Mr. Sinclair sold the computer business in 1986 to Amstrad, another British personal computer maker. Steve Lohr, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Inmates would view scanned images on communal kiosks or on personal computer tablets, which are provided without charge to all prisoners. Dara Kam,, 8 Sep. 2021 Apple also a new desktop version of its personal computer called the Mac Studio that will cost $2,000 to $4,000 for the processing unit. CBS News, 8 Mar. 2022 Its transistorized electronics and communications devices proved essential to the development of missiles and rockets, and, in later years, the personal computer and internet industries. Margaret O'mara, Wired, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of personal computer

1959, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2022

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“Personal computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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