Definition of Computer

1. Noun. A machine for performing calculations automatically.

2. Noun. An expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines).
Exact synonyms: Calculator, Estimator, Figurer, Reckoner
Generic synonyms: Expert
Specialized synonyms: Adder, Number Cruncher, Actuary, Statistician, Subtracter
Derivative terms: Calculate, Compute, Computerise, Estimate, Figure, Reckon

Definition of Computer

1. n. One who computes.

Definition of Computer

1. Noun. (context: now rare chiefly historical) A person employed to perform computations. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A programmable electronic device that performs mathematical calculations and logical operations, especially one that can process, store and retrieve large amounts of data very quickly; now especially, a small one for personal or home use employed for manipulating text or graphics, accessing the Internet, or playing games or media. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

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Definition of Computer

1. a machine that computes automatically [n -S]

Medical Definition of Computer

1. A programmable electronic device that can be used to store and manipulate data in order to carry out designated functions; the two fundamental components are hardware, i.e., the actual electronic device, and software, i.e., the instructions or program used to carry out the function. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Computer

computational linguistics
computational model
computational models
computationally secure
computed axial tomography
computed axial tomography scans
computed perimetry
computed radiography
computed tomography
computer (current term)
computer-aided design
computer-oriented language
computer accessory
computer address
computer architecture
computer architectures
computer backup
computer business
computer chess

Literary usage of Computer

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

1. Defending Secrets, Sharing Data: New Locks and Keys for Electronic Information (1993)
"In some ways, this has improved security in that, for example, information is no longer stored in just one large computer, which could result in chaos if it ..."

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