pre·​com·​pute ˌprē-kəm-ˈpyüt How to pronounce precompute (audio)
variants or pre-compute
precomputed or pre-computed; precomputing or pre-computing

transitive verb

: to compute (something) in advance
precomputed the standard information
using precomputed tables/data

Examples of precompute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When making a lefthand turn, for instance, the car is programmed to precompute its trajectory and slow down accordingly. Jaclyn Trop, Fortune, 14 June 2022 Researchers are exploring whether tech giants can precompute certain data when the grid is humming with solar or wind power, then stash it away for later use. Matt Simon, Wired, 31 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of precompute was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Precompute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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