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 Over the past two decades the auto industry has become one of the largest consumers of computer chips, rivaling the personal computer industry, as cars become increasingly powered by software. William Boston, WSJ, "Chip Shortage Slows Global Auto Recovery," 18 Dec. 2020 Then an uncle gave us a Macintosh 128k, a small boxy Apple personal computer with a floppy disk drive on the front. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Remote Work Won’t Save Us," 3 Aug. 2020 Last night, both Dell Technologies and HP also reported their most recent quarterly results and the news was all about personal computer sales. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Is this the laptop bubble?," 25 Nov. 2020 The film raises another point: Why would Harris, an IT specialist with Home Depot, leave so much seemingly incriminating evidence on his personal computer? al, "Justin Ross Harris documentary released ahead of fight for new hot car death trial," 24 Nov. 2020 The silicon shift gives Apple new control over its own destiny—and perhaps the future of the personal computer. Tom Simonite, Wired, "With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs," 10 Nov. 2020 In 1988, his father, Greig, bought him a personal computer. Vincent T. Davis,, "Life-long curiosity, spirit of innovation drives San Antonio entrepreneur," 9 Nov. 2020 That suit, filed in 1998, claimed Microsoft was using its gatekeeper power as the owner of a dominant personal computer operating system, Windows, to block the potential threat from internet browsing software. Steve Lohr, Star Tribune, "Can Gilded Age antitrust law tame Google-era monopolies?," 22 Oct. 2020 In 1979, Pelczarski wrote Magic Paintbrush, an artmaking program for the Apple II, the first personal computer capable of color. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of personal computer

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Personal computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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