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

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Recent Examples on the Web Wait for Cyber Monday Laptops and personal computers. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Here's what to avoid buying on Black Friday," 28 Nov. 2019 In many ways, Apple’s rise from an also ran in the market for personal computers to one of the most valuable companies on the planet is due to its partnership with Foxconn, a Taiwanese juggernaut that manufactures in China. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, "Trump ‘hereby’ orders U.S. business out of China. Can he do that?," 23 Aug. 2019 They are credited with creating ethernet, modems, laser printing, the mouse, personal computers, the list goes on and on. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Cruise Automation's Cryptic Instagram Posts Explained," 17 Jan. 2020 Moreover, pilots would be able to learn the differences during sessions on personal computers or notebooks, not during costly flight simulator sessions. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "'Jedi mind tricks': Boeing 737 Max emails show attempts to manipulate airlines, FAA," 11 Jan. 2020 Many people still don't understand security in personal computers, and those have been in general use for around 30 years. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "State of the Anti-Car-Hacking Art from New Companies Trying to Protect Your Data," 12 Jan. 2020 An intrepid group of entrepreneurs tries to enter the personal computer market by building an IBM clone in AMC's period drama Halt and Catch Fire, a fictional account of the early days of the PC revolution. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The 2010s were a veritable golden age of opening credits in television," 30 Dec. 2019 In later years Intel, the Northern California chip giant, would come to dominate the personal computer business. Cade Metz,, "Chuck Peddle, 82; his $25 chip helped start the PC age," 30 Dec. 2019 Now, also at $10 a month, or $60 a year, lets users stream or download games on its PlayStation 4 console or a personal computer. Mae Anderson, The Denver Post, "Muted launch for Google’s game-streaming service Stadia," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of personal computer

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of personal computer was in 1959

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14 Feb 2020

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“Personal computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of personal computer

: a small computer designed for use by one person at home or in an office

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Kids Definition of personal computer

: a computer designed for an individual user

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