pro·​ces·​sor | \ ˈprä-ˌse-sər How to pronounce processor (audio) , ˈprō- \

Definition of processor

1 : one that processes scrap processor agricultural processor
2a(1) : computer
(2) : a component of a computer that processes data specifically : cpu
b : a computer program (such as a compiler) that puts another program into a form acceptable to the computer

Examples of processor in a Sentence

the largest seafood processor in the country
Recent Examples on the Web According to the sheet, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will feature a 6.8-inch QHD+ display with a 3080 x 1440 resolution, an Exynos 2200 processor, up to 512GB of storage, 8/12GB of RAM, and a 5,000 mAh battery. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 Jan. 2022 This year’s refresh runs Windows 11, as well as an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor. Chloe Albanesius, PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2022 Portugal is also the biggest processor of cork products, including cork stoppers. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The abrupt change at the top of the largest U.S. meat processor by sales makes Mr. King Tyson’s fifth chief executive in as many years. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Just weeks later, the world's largest meat processor, JBS, revealed it was also hit by a cyberattack involving ransomware. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 29 Dec. 2021 Many of the cattle raised in Montana are eventually hauled to slaughterhouses run by JBS, the world’s largest meat processor. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 In July, the collective used a ransomware attack to extort $11 million from JBS, the world’s largest meat processor. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 The Russian-speaking ransomware group, REvil, was behind the summer ransom of the world's largest meat processor, JBS, an attack that temporarily stalled operations at nine beef processing plants in the United States. Katie Bo Lillis And Sean Lyngaas, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of processor

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of processor

: a machine, company, etc., that treats, prepares, or handles something
: cpu


pro·​ces·​sor | \ ˈprä-ˌse-sər How to pronounce processor (audio) , ˈprō- \

Kids Definition of processor

1 : a person or machine that changes something by a special treatment or takes care of something according to a routine
2 : computer
3 : the part of a computer that operates on data

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