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 Microsoft is no longer updating WordPad and plans to remove the word processor from a future release of Windows. Tom Warren, The Verge, 3 Sep. 2023 These Mac users’ colleagues needed to collaborate with them on word processor files, spreadsheets, and slideshows created in Microsoft Office. Cory Doctorow, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 Already, two new techniques, base editing and prime editing, have been developed that improve the capabilities of CRISPR—not just cutting DNA to disable genes but chemically rewriting parts of the genetic code, a process that some liken to a find-and-replace function in a word processor. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2023 The horizontal resolution was only 384 dots—not enough room for the 80 characters of text needed for the Macintosh to compete as a word processor. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 Large language models are being added to search engines and e-commerce sites, and into word processors and spreadsheet software. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 17 June 2023 The great essay that was turned in for a college writing class assignment may not actually be from a student laboring to craft sentences for hours on a word processor. Victor R. Lee, Fortune, 1 May 2023 Their popularity has the industry’s giants, including Microsoft, Google and Facebook, racing to incorporate similar tools into some of their most popular products, from search engines to word processors. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2023 Beginning this month, all users of the ubiquitous word processor will now have the ability to suggest an automatic completion of an entire sentence, matching a feature already available in Google’s competing Google docs product, according to a report in the tech publication Neowin. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of word processor was in 1968

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“Word processor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20processor. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

word processor

: a keyboard-operated terminal usually with a video display and a magnetic storage device for use in word processing
also : software (as for a computer system) to perform word processing

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