pro·​ces·​sor | \ˈprä-ˌse-sər, 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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In manufacturing, for example, China often acts as a processor of intermediate goods imported from elsewhere and then exported again. Molly Jackson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a US-China trade war, big losers include ... BMW? Taiwan?," 12 July 2018 Modern software views the multiple chips on Ryzen Threadripper CPUs as a single processor. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD: Next-gen Radeon 'Navi' GPUs won't have a multi-chip design like Ryzen Threadripper," 14 June 2018 His next company, Harvest Power, became a major processor of organic materials in North America. Cindy Cantrell,, "Hydroponic baby greens are ‘clean from the start’," 2 June 2018 This laptop includes a 1.2GHz processor, 512GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Save $300 on a Macbook," 10 May 2018 The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission granted final approval for the seven dispensaries and for a new processor at its most recent meeting on Tuesday. Scott Dance,, "Seven new medical marijuana dispensaries approved in Maryland — including two in Baltimore," 12 Apr. 2018 The human brain doesn’t act like a single information processor grinding through an algorithm on its way to solving a problem. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "The Power of Flexible Thinking," 21 Mar. 2018 Not yet completed in another room is a unit that, for somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000, is destined for a cannabis processor in California. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Legal marijuana brings new sales to Pope Scientific of Saukville," 25 Feb. 2018 Womply partners with a credit card processor company to provide consumer data for small businesses. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "How big of a cash cow is Super Bowl Sunday for DFW restaurants and bars?," 1 Feb. 2018

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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, 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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