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

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The signals were transmitted through a signal processor to the lens. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These Lenses Zoom With a Couple Blinks of Your Eyes," 13 Aug. 2019 Koch Foods, a poultry processor, says the fair will be held at a job center in Forest beginning at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET). Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Targeted in Mississippi immigration raids, poultry company holds job fair just down the road," 12 Aug. 2019 These days, Braun estimated, Culver City has to pay about $25 per ton to get processors to take its curbside recycling off its hands. Rachel Becker, The Mercury News, "Seabirds eating plastic. Recyclers struggling. This is what California’s waste crisis looks like," 3 Aug. 2019 The Intel Core i3 processor powers system tasks smoothly with 4GB of RAM. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Latest gadgets help children succeed in school," 31 July 2019 Buckeye Relief, a medical marijuana processor in Eastlake, received its Processing Certificate of Operation from the Ohio Board of Commerce in June. Hannah Drown,, "See video of medical marijuana chocolate and gummies kitchen, plant harvesting video at Buckeye Relief," 23 July 2019 The network runs on just about any device that has a processor and access to the internet. NBC News, "These technologists think the internet is broken. So they're building another one.," 21 July 2019 And macOS is still powered by an eighth-generation dual-core processor from Intel with at least 8GB of RAM. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Apple's MacBook Air is now an even better value at just $1,099," 11 July 2019 The bot needed eight days of playing against itself on a single powerful server with 64 processor cores to master the game. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once," 11 July 2019

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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


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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