Definition of computer in English:


Line breaks: com|puter
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpjuːtə


  • 1An electronic device which is capable of receiving information (data) in a particular form and of performing a sequence of operations in accordance with a predetermined but variable set of procedural instructions (program) to produce a result in the form of information or signals.
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    • The laws were designed to prosecute people who hack into computers and steal information.
    • Patients will receive information through their computers on how to manage their disease.
    • The updated carriages also sport power sockets for notebook computers and other devices.
  • 1.1A person who makes calculations, especially with a calculating machine.

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