computing meaning

Pronunciation:   "computing" in a sentence
  • Noun: computing  kum'pyooting
    1. The branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
      - computer science 
    2. The procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods
      - calculation, computation
    Verb: compute  kum'pyoot
    1. Make a mathematical calculation or computation
      - calculate, cipher, cypher, work out, reckon, figure [N. Amer]

    See also: computation, computer

    Type of: applied science, engineering, engineering science, procedure, process, reason, technology

    Part of: informatics, information processing, information science, IP

    Encyclopedia: Compute


  • [Business]
    noun [U]

    the fact of using computers; the use or development of computers of the type mentioned:

    to work in computing

    The company played an important role in handheld computing.

    It's better to have more computing power than a bigger monitor.

    computing devices/services/skills/systems handheld/mobile/personal computing

  • [Computer]
    <computer> A machine that can be programmed to manipulate symbols. Computers can perform complex and repetitive procedures quickly, precisely and reliably and can quickly store and retrieve large amounts of data.

    The physical components from which a computer is constructed (electronic circuits and input/output devices) are known as "hardware". Most computers have four types of hardware component: CPU, input, output and memory. The CPU (central processing unit) executes programs ("software") which tell the computer what to do. Input and output (I/O) devices allow the computer to communicate with the user and the outside world. There are several kinds of memory - fast, expensive, short term memory (e.g. RAM) to hold intermediate results, and slower, cheaper, long-term memory (e.g. magnetic disk and magnetic tape) to hold programs and data between jobs.

    See also analogue computer.


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  1. a more accurate method is to compute the average.
  2. the measures we compute for a sample are called statistics.
  3. an audible tone signals that the temperature has been computed.
  4. compute specific resistance of all samples as indicated in step 5.
  5. from the extent of the red shifts the recession velocities can be computed.

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