through·​put | \ ˈthrü-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce throughput (audio) \

Definition of throughput

: the amount of something (such as material, data, etc.) that passes through something (such as a machine or system) the throughput of a computer — compare input, output

Examples of throughput in a Sentence

The network can handle large throughputs. finding ways to increase throughput
Recent Examples on the Web Businesses keep close tabs on their order service time as a key indicator of revenue throughput. Kashyap Deorah, Forbes, "Delivery Technology In Retail: Are We There Yet?," 16 Apr. 2021 Ryan said that the separation facility will start by producing 2,000 tons of throughput per year, with the ultimate goal of growing that number to 5,000 tons. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "The company racing to free US from reliance on China for electric cars, wind turbines, and satellites," 4 Apr. 2021 The initial throughput of the facility could supply enough dysprosium for 1 million electric vehicles and, at peak, something like 3 million electric vehicles, the CEO said. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Granholm’s untested assumptions about green infrastructure politics," 5 Apr. 2021 Körber also had sessions on their warehouse simulation and design tool that can be used to compare the throughput and cost savings that can be achieved with manual processes vs. traditional automation vs. autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Steve Banker, Forbes, "Körber Elevate Showcases Ecommerce Warehouses," 12 Mar. 2021 As detailed in our companion story, Tesla has found ways to substantially increase the throughput of portions of the battery line. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what Tesla will put in its new batteries," 24 Sep. 2020 According to the World Shipping Council, the Suez Canal’s daily vessel throughput capacity is 106., "A quarter-mile-long cargo ship is still stuck in the Suez Canal. Here’s why that matters," 26 Mar. 2021 At the same time, Covid-19 restrictions at ports and a decrease in the number of healthy and available longshoremen and other logistics workers are also pinching throughput. NBC News, "Suez blockage could affect 'anything you see in the stores,' shipping experts say," 25 Mar. 2021 By putting business partners in charge of their own software development roadmap and priorities, the team has increased development throughput by 56%, according to Breitbarth. Richard Murphy, Forbes, "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Apps," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of throughput

1884, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2021

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“Throughput.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of throughput

technical : the amount of material, data, etc., that enters and goes through something (such as a machine or system)

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