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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The presumption that more capable weapons must cost more generally goes unquestioned, despite the fact that prices for more advanced personal computers and other civilian technologies have moved in the opposite direction. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Whatever happens, determined scammers and telemarketers will likely find ways to get through, just as malware on personal computers is still a problem despite antivirus software. Washington Post, "Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls," 6 June 2019 Think of how malware on personal computers is still a problem despite antivirus software. Tali Arbel,, "FCC approves new weapon in war on robocalls. But 'then the scammers find a new way.'," 6 June 2019 Think of how malware on personal computers is still a problem despite antivirus software. Tali Arbel,, "Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?," 5 June 2019 Before the just-ended quarter, Intel had been on a tear, benefiting from strong corporate technology spending and surprising strength in personal computer sales. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Intel Projects Slower Revenue Growth This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 Like the arc of the personal computer, smartphones—now more a need in the modern world than a luxurious splurge—are engaged in a race toward the bottom. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 No evidence of a personal computer, or the miniaturization of components. USA TODAY, "In 1968, '2001' tried to predict the future. Here's what it got right.," 2 Apr. 2018 Owners of Microsoft’s flagship operating system for personal computers should get a notification from the Windows Update service used by customers to download software patches, security fixes, and other updates. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "4 Interesting New Features From Microsoft's Latest Windows 10 Update," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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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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: a computer designed for an individual user

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