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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Recent Examples on the Web The deal expands Salesforce’s product portfolio to include data visualization tools alongside its core customer relationship management software and the word processing and spreadsheet tools. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Salesforce Targets Microsoft, Google With Blockbuster $15.3 Billion Tableau Acquisition," 10 June 2019 For an easier process, open a blank word processing page and simply complete each of the categories noted above. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Five best tips for writing your résumé," 3 Aug. 2019 My rudimentary word processing program had a thesaurus. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let Christopher Alexander design your life," 11 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of word processing

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Word processing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20processing. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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