word processor


Definition of word processor

: a device or program used to perform word processing

Examples of word processor in a Sentence

At work she sits in front of her word processor all day. She closed down her word processor and opened her e-mail program.
Recent Examples on the Web For example: a lightweight word processor, such as Microsoft Word 5.0, is lightning fast and a true pleasure for just... writing. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 11 Dec. 2020 In 2016, Salesforce brought onboard Quip, a phone-first word processor positioned as a competitor to Microsoft's Office suite. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Why Salesforce wants to slurp up Slack," 25 Nov. 2020 Sequences are loaded into software tools—like a word processor, but for DNA code—and are eventually printed using something akin to a 3D printer. Amy Webb, Wired, "The Xenobot Future Is Coming—Start Planning Now," 4 Nov. 2020 The app and browser extension works across programs and platforms, pointing out your split infinitives in emails, word processors, websites, or on social media. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 incredibly useful sites you might not know about to get things done during pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 Moving from typewriters to word processors made workers more efficient. Matt Simon, Wired, "If Robots Steal So Many Jobs, Why Aren't They Saving Us Now?," 23 Mar. 2020 From practically the beginning of his love affair with computers, Chandra has lusted after a word processor that will keep him from making inadvertent mistakes. Andrew Leonard, Wired, "A Code-Obsessed Novelist Builds a Writing Bot. The Plot Thickens," 6 Feb. 2020 With some modifications, Crispr can be used to cut and paste pieces of DNA almost like a word processor. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?," 8 Jan. 2020 When Microsoft came up with a word processor everyone who was in the typewriter business lost their job. NBC News, "Meet the Press - December 15, 2019," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of word processor

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Word processor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20processor. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of word processor

: a computer used for creating, storing, and printing text : a computer used for word processing
: software used on a computer to perform word processing

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Kids Definition of word processor

1 : a computer used for creating, storing, and printing text
2 : software designed to perform word processing

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