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.

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That strategy fizzled when word processors morphed into personal computers, a business soon dominated by other companies. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "CEO Phillip Farmer Revitalized Harris Corp. by Shrinking It Drastically," 9 Nov. 2018 FontCode can be applied to hundreds of common fonts, like Helvetica or Times New Roman, and works in word processors like Microsoft Word. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "You Can Send Invisible Messages With Subtle Font Tweaks," 20 May 2018 So many of my contemporaries went to New York and became bartenders or word processors. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "A Charlotte (theater) institution: Billy Ensley as actor, director, collaborative pro | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 His dominance of compression, word processors and spreadsheets forced others to play in markets away from Microsoft. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Columbus Discovers the Amazon," 6 May 2018 Your laptop battery will last much longer in programs with little drain on system resources, such as a word processor. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "7 tips to making your laptop battery last longer," 12 Mar. 2018 The program also allowed him to move a cursor around the entire computer giving Hawking access to email, a word processor an even video chatting, said Hawking’s website. Nina Godlewski, Newsweek, "How Did Stephen Hawking's Speech and Communication Tools Work?," 14 Mar. 2018 The app and browser extension works across programs and platforms, pointing out your split infinitives in email, word processors, websites or on social media. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about," 16 Feb. 2018 There are computers with early cd readers, cassette decks, wooden housing, and pure word processors—ripoffs or otherwise. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Look at This Huge Computer Archive in All Its Retro Glory," 9 Jan. 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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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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