Definition of Mainframe

1. Noun. A large digital computer serving 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room.

Exact synonyms: Mainframe Computer
Generic synonyms: Digital Computer
Specialized synonyms: Supercomputer



2. Noun. (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing. "The CPU and the memory form the central part of a computer to which the peripherals are attached"

Definition of Mainframe

1. Noun. (computer hardware) A large, powerful computer able to manage very many simultaneous tasks and communicate with very many connected terminals; used by large, complex organizations (such as banks and supermarkets) where continuously sustained operation is vital ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mainframe

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Mainframe

1. A large digital computer, such as would be used in a hospital for information management. Compare: mini. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mainframe

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mainframe (current term)
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Literary usage of Mainframe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Access EPA: Major EPA Environmental Databases (1994)
"... MEANS OF ACCESS EPA's mainframe Computing Systems EPA's National Computer Center (NCC) provides the primary mainframe computing resources through which ..."

2. Defending Secrets, Sharing Data: New Locks and Keys for Electronic Information (1993)
"Also, the capability (at the mainframe computer) to control the downloading/uploading of data files is well within current technology. ..."

3. An Introduction to Computer Security: The Nist Handbook by Barbara Guttman (1996)
"Third, on arrival at the mainframe, the time and attendance data are held in a temporary file on the mainframe until the payroll application is run. ..."

4. U. S. Industrial Outlook, 1994: Business Forecasts for 350 IndustriesBusiness & Economics (1994)
"mainframe firms have responded by making computers more available to individuals via ... Nevertheless, a major displacement of mainframe computers by other ..."

5. Handbook on Hedonic Indexes and Quality Adjustments in Price Indexes by Jack E. Triplett (2006)
"mainframe and PC computer components and characteristics Table 5.1 A summarises the ... The PC has a central processing unit, like the mainframe computer. ..."

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