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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Image: Apple For the Pro models, these updates are more than just spec bumps to the latest processor. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple’s new MacBook Pros have the latest Intel processors and quieter keyboards," 12 July 2018 With the processor running, add olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and Dijon to make a roasted red pepper vinaigrette. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 Qualcomm was recently touting the new processor as allowing for a constantly visible watch screen, unlike the dark displays most models currently show when the user hasn’t raised their wrist just so. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Will These Features Finally Help Smartwatch Sales Take Off?," 19 June 2018 Next-generation gene sequencing is decreasing in price, far faster than Moore’s Law for processors. Joi Ito, WIRED, "The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism," 4 June 2018 With the processor on, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Perfect rack of lamb in the oven: Here's what to know," 30 Mar. 2018 Sixty provisional licenses for dispensaries - including 15 in Cincinnati - up to 40 licenses for medical marijuana processors and an undetermined number of licenses for testing laboratories are expected to be awarded later this spring. Randy Tucker,, "Ohio medical weed: State now accepting license applications from doctors," 20 Mar. 2018 That may seem out of place to anyone familiar with Nvidia, a company best known for graphics processors that power everything from gaming computers to driverless cars. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "3 Things I Learned About the Future of Technology at This Year's CES," 18 Jan. 2018 Licenses were granted for four large grow operations in Chesaning, a dispensary and processor in Ann Arbor and a secure transport company out of Lansing. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses," 12 July 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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