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noun
Computer  n.  
1.
One who computes.
2.
(Computers) An electronic device for performing calculations automatically. It consists of a clock to provide voltage pulses to synchronize the operations of the devices within the computer, a central processing unit, where the arithmetical and logical operations are performed on data, a random-access memory, where the programs and data are stored for rapid access, devices to input data and output results, and various other peripheral devices of widely varied function, as well as circuitry to support the main operations. Note: This modern sense of computer comprises the stored-program computers, in which multiple steps in a calculation may be stored within the computer itself as instructions in a program, and are then executed by the computer without further intervention of the operator. Different types of computer are variously called analog computer, number cruncher, number-cruncher, digital computer, and pari-mutuel machine, totalizer, totaliser, totalizator, totalisator.
Synonyms: data processor, electronic computer, information processing system.
3.
(Computers) Same as digital computer.






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"Computer" Quotes from Famous Books



... In order to make this file more accessible to the average computer user, the preparer has found it necessary to re-arrange some of the material. The preparer takes full responsibility for his choice ...
— Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica • Homer and Hesiod

... endeavor not to furnish a bad example, is the virtue of chastity, or the fault of nature. These things, Sire, are taught here in the pulpits by the Dominican friars. The guardian of St. Francis said publicly in the pulpit of the cathedral church (because the computer of accounts had presented an account against him) that he would show a balance due against the king of Espana—talking in this so discourteous manner of his natural lord, as if he were English, French, or of any other nation; and charging ...
— The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 • Various

... theory is that the cells of the brain act sort of like a binary digital computer, with certain banks of cells operating to store sufficient bits of information to furnish a complete memory. In the process of memorization, individual cells become activated and linked by ...
— The Fourth R • George Oliver Smith

... texts * National and international computer networks * CD-ROM production and dissemination * Methods and technology for converting older paper materials into electronic form * Study of the use of digital ...
— LOC WORKSHOP ON ELECTRONIC TEXTS • James Daly



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