computer meaning

[ kəm'pju:tə ] Pronunciation:   "computer" in a sentence
Noun: computer  kum'pyootu(r)
  1. A machine for performing calculations automatically
    - computing machine, computing device, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system 
  2. An expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
    - calculator, reckoner, figurer, estimator

Derived forms: computers

See also: computational, compute, computerize

Type of: expert, machine

Part of: platform

Encyclopedia: Computer, 16-Bit Machine Computer Computer, 8-Bit Machine Computer, 32-Bit Machine

noun [C]


an electronic machine that can store, organize and find information, do calculations and control other machines:

The data is all held on (the) computer.

My computer crashed (= stopped working) and I lost the work I was doing.

The computers are down (= not working).

❖ to boot up/log onto/reboot/restart/start up a computer

◆ to log off/shut down a computer

◆ computer applications/files/games/hardware/programs/software a computer network/system

A device or machine for performing mathematical operations on data, and producing the results as information or control signals. There are numerous types, the most common being the digital computer.

computer-aided design Abbreviation, CAD. The use of computers in conceiving, developing, and perfecting new products.

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  1. the computer triggers a "conflict alert."
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  3. computers can even write out prescriptions.
  4. her job has something to do with computers.
  5. the computer might not support online working.

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