word processing


Definition of word processing

: the production of typewritten documents (such as business letters) with automated and usually computerized typing and text-editing equipment

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Examples of word processing in a Sentence

These terminals are used mostly for word processing.
Recent Examples on the Web The computer scientist invented the cut/paste command, making word processing user-friendly and hastening the demise of the typewriter. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 That will be plenty of power for most productivity tasks: word processing, email, web browsing, enterprise apps, slide decks and crunching numbers in spreadsheets. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "How the world’s first foldable PC came to be," 29 Sep. 2020 General office tasks such as word processing, database entry, and the like are well within its capabilities. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 11 Dec. 2020 And then swapped Mail out for a word processing app. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Eighth-Gen iPad hits a home run with a faster processor and an approachable design," 24 Sep. 2020 Intel is promising over 20% faster speeds with common office apps — think word processing, spreadsheet number crunching and email. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here’s your guide to Intel’s 11th-Gen CPUs," 2 Sep. 2020 Lenovo’s Yoga C940 is our favorite for both work and play, thanks to its 4K display and powerful Intel Core i9 that can handle heavy photo and video editing software, on top of basics like word processing. Emily Price, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Laptop for Remote Workers and Business Travelers," 29 June 2020 Two of those employees, a transportation officer at the Detroit Reentry Center and a word processing assistant at the Lahser District Probation Office, have died. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "3 more Michigan prisoners die of coronavirus; 338 have tested positive," 10 Apr. 2020 Computers normally come stocked with rudimentary word processing and text editing software, such as WordPad and Notepad on Windows. Popular Science, "Two alternatives to Microsoft Word that are free and customizable," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of word processing

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of word processing was in 1967

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9 Jan 2021

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“Word processing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20processing. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of word processing

: the production of printed pages of writing (such as business letters) that can be stored and printed by using computer equipment

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Kids Definition of word processing

: the production of printed documents (as business letters) with automated and usually computerized equipment

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