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.

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With the development of automatic editing typewriters and word processing systems, the conditions of dead-end typing have been practically eliminated. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered," 15 Dec. 2018 And the worst-case scenario wasn’t just Microsoft crushing Netscape Navigator or other programs, like word processing software WordPerfect, which Microsoft allegedly crippled by refusing its developers access to technical information. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How the antitrust battles of the ‘90s set the stage for today’s tech giants," 6 Sep. 2018 And the new iPad will feature Pencil support for the company’s Pages (word processing), Numbers (spreadsheet) and Keynote (presentation) apps, which will be available free on the new tablet. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Apple unveils new $299 iPad for students--supports AR, Apple Pencil," 27 Mar. 2018 Microsoft, too, offers access to its Office word processing and spreadsheet software, as well as kid-favorite Minecraft. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "At Tuesday's Apple event in Chicago, the iPad strikes back," 27 Mar. 2018 Most of what works is Google's software and Chrome plug-ins, and the whole device will definitely be a word processing and Internet surfing machine and not, say, a way to do video or photo editing. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How Your Old Laptop Can Become (Almost) a Chromebook," 17 Feb. 2016 For $20, Quickoffice provides a word processing app, spreadsheet editing and PowerPoint viewing. John Herrman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Replace Your Laptop with an iPad: Apps and Accessories," 1 Nov. 2010 Bitcoin is digital gold Adoption of the PC was driven by the invention of the spreadsheet and word processing. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin is hitting new highs—here’s why it might not be a bubble," 17 Nov. 2017 The converged keyboard was ergonomically designed to facilitate word processing and spread-sheet use. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/10," 10 Sep. 2017

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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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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