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 man had ordered a personal computer, cooking pots, a weather radio and other items totaling $910. Bruce Geiselman,, "North Olmsted police charge drunken driving suspect: police blotter," 11 Jan. 2018 As long as there have been personal computers, there have been people yelling at them. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 His personal computer, federal prosecutors alleged, held more than 10,000 images and videos of such material, protected under three layers of passwords. Matt Zapotosky,, "Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools," 19 June 2018 His personal computer, federal prosecutors alleged, held more than 10,000 images and videos of such material, protected under three layers of passwords. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools," 18 June 2018 Many game designers felt suffocated by Nintendo’s sanitized ecosystem and began returning to the wild west of video game development, the personal computer, to create exciting new games that challenged graphical and moral boundaries. The Strong Museum Of Play, Ars Technica, "The original Doom, one of 64 Objects that shaped video game history," 2 June 2018 Once a household name for its line of personal computers, Dell has expanded to compete in a broader swath of the IT market. Bloomberg,, "Dell stock will trade publicly again, five years after leveraged buyout," 3 July 2018 Over the prior five years, the company’s stock price had fallen 31%, as slipping personal computer sales, the mobile computing revolution, and the beginning of the cloud computing revolution all ate into sales and profits. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Dell Technologies Is Going Public Without an IPO," 2 July 2018 The new guard, led by Swan, a former eBay CFO, was brought in to kick-start efforts to enter new markets with products outside of Intel’s traditional strength in personal computer microprocessors., "Intel CEO Krzanich resigns after relationship with employee," 21 June 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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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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