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 This second-generation iPad built in 2011 provides users with 16GB of integrated storage, 0.512GB and a 1 GHz Apple A5 processor. Popular Science, "This plethora of refurbished Apple products give you quality for a fraction of the cost," 4 Jan. 2021 The combination of a large, clear and fast screen with a great processor, really good cameras and storage expandability means the FE can hold its own with phones costing twice as much. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G phone might turn you into a fan," 31 Dec. 2020 Zoom and other internet video services are data-intensive, so shut down any other apps that might be trying to use your internet connection or your computer's processor chip during a video call. Steve Alexander And Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "How to keep your voice from fading out on a Zoom call," 27 Dec. 2020 Google was an early mover among the tech giants, releasing an AI processor in 2016, and has updated the hardware several times since. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Chip Giants Intel and Nvidia Face New Threats From Amazon to Google to Apple," 20 Dec. 2020 Poultry processor Perdue Farms has asked Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to give the state’s meat and poultry workers priority for the coronavirus vaccine that’s being delivered to hospitals and nursing homes this week. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Perdue CEO asks Gov. Hogan to prioritize poultry workers in coronavirus vaccine rollout," 14 Dec. 2020 In the nearby town of Hotchkiss, a venison processor called Homestead Market rented out meat lockers. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020 Was that because of the magic of 5G or because the Pixel 5 has a powerful processor and lots of memory built in? Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "The Google Pixel 5 Has an Amazing Camera, Killer Battery Life, and Is the Perfect Gift for Travelers," 30 Oct. 2020 The handsets have a faster A14 processor and updated cameras and use sharper OLED screens, an improvement from last year’s cheaper LCD screens, Apple said. Mark Gurman,, "Apple Launches iPhone 12 Line With 5G Speeds, New Screens," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of processor

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of processor was in 1909

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“Processor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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
3 : the part of a computer that operates on data

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