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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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 While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!," 27 Nov. 2018 There are sacrifices in presentation, particularly in the city and diplomatic views, but under the hood, this is the Civilization VI that has driven so many gamers' binges on personal computers and the iPad. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience," 4 Oct. 2018 Castillo is accused of sending files containing child pornography via the internet with his personal computer during a six-month period from October 2017 through March 2018, according to the district attorney’s office. Brittny Mejia,, "L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services employee charged with distributing child pornography," 11 July 2018 The technology world reoriented around the smartphone, supplanting the personal computer, MP3 players, the digital camera and maps. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of personal computer

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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