word processing


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

Examples of word processing in a Sentence

These terminals are used mostly for word processing.
Recent Examples on the Web Everything works with a natural logic that will quickly feel comfortable for anyone who has used simple word processing or design programs. Valerie Walsh, wsj.com, 1 Nov. 2023 Productivity Tests The main benchmark of UL's PCMark 10 simulates a variety of real-world productivity and content-creation workflows to measure overall performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheeting, web browsing, and videoconferencing. PCMAG, 18 Sep. 2023 Her switch to word processing programs allowed Didion to cut and paste passages in more complex and seamless ways than her old habit of arranging note cards on the floor. Evelyn McDonnell, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 Processors For word processing and general Internet tasks, nearly any processor on the market will do. Sascha Brodsky, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 The current crop of laptops is fast and reliable, with processors that are capable enough to do things like word processing and web browsing. Sascha Brodsky, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 This suite of productivity tools has become the standard bearer for tasks like word processing, spreadsheet calculations and presentation creation thanks to programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and power users have also learned to love newer programs like OneNote and yes, even Teams. Karl Klockars, PCMAG, 26 May 2023 The lawyer grabs up the outputted text and plops it into a word processing file. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 However, a single stroke of the Enter key can be programmed to create a break and bring text down to the next line (as in word processing), instead of firing your message off. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of word processing was in 1967

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“Word processing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20processing. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

word processing

: the production of typewritten documents (as business letters) with automated and usually computerized equipment for preparing text

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