noun, often attributive
com·​put·​er | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce computer (audio) \

Definition of computer

: one that computes specifically : a programmable usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data using a computer to design 3-D models

Other Words from computer

computerdom \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​dəm How to pronounce computer (audio) \ noun
computerless \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce computer (audio) \ adjective
computerlike \ kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce computer (audio) \ adjective

Examples of computer in a Sentence

He works all day on a computer.
Recent Examples on the Web Some patients will be uncomfortable with ceding control to a computer. Katie Palmer, STAT, 1 Oct. 2022 The service, which ran a game in the cloud and sent each individual frame of video down to your computer or phone, was pitched as a gaming platform that would benefit from Google's worldwide scale and streaming expertise. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2022 Wearers of the jacket are, for the time being, umbilically connected to a computer with wires. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2022 Never put important login details on a sticky note adhered to your computer or a fridge. Cody Godwin, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2022 The technology is a microphone directed at the sky, connected to a computer that continuously records the sound stream and is aided by sound recognition software. Tom Langen, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2022 The hand lotions are just the right size for inside the purse, in the car, next to the computer, etc. Corinne Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 6 Sep. 2022 The best option is backing up to a computer and going for encrypted backups. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Sep. 2022 Creating free access to anyone with an electronic device — from a cellular phone to a tablet to a computer — is another avenue ConnectWaukegan is pursuing. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of computer

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for computer

see compute

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The first known use of computer was in 1613

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3 Oct 2022

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“Computer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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com·​put·​er | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce computer (audio) \

Kids Definition of computer

: an automatic electronic machine that can store and process data

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