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computer (kəmˈpjuːtə Pronunciation for computer



    1. a device, usually electronic, that processes data according to a set of instructions. The digital computer stores data in discrete units and performs arithmetical and logical operations at very high speed. The analog computer has no memory and is slower than the digital computer but has a continuous rather than a discrete input. The hybrid computer combines some of the advantages of digital and analog computers See also digital computer, analog computer, hybrid computer
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ computer technology related prefix cyber-
  1. a person who computes or calculates

Quotations including 'computer'

  • "To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer" [Farmers' Almanac for 1978]
  • "The Answer to the Great Question ... Of Life, the Universe and Everything ... Is ... Forty-two" [Douglas Adams
  • "A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable" [Leslie Lamport]
  • "That's what's cool about working with computers. They don't argue, they remember everything, and they don't drink all your beer" [Paul Leary]

Translations for 'computer'

  • British English: computerPronunciation for computer A computer is an electronic machine which makes quick calculations and deals with large amounts of information.The data are then fed into a computer.kəmˈpjuːtə NOUN
  • Arabic: كمبيوترPronunciation for كمبيوتر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: computadorPronunciation for computador
  • Chinese: 计算机Pronunciation for 计算机
  • Croatian: računaloPronunciation for računalo
  • Czech: počítačPronunciation for počítač
  • Danish: computerPronunciation for computer
  • Dutch: computerPronunciation for computer
  • European Spanish: ordenadorPronunciation for ordenador
  • Finnish: tietokonePronunciation for tietokone
  • French: ordinateurPronunciation for ordinateur
  • German: ComputerPronunciation for Computer Computer
  • Greek: υπολογιστήςPronunciation for υπολογιστής
  • Italian: computerPronunciation for computer
  • Japanese: コンピューターPronunciation for コンピューター
  • Korean: 컴퓨터Pronunciation for 컴퓨터
  • Norwegian: datamaskinPronunciation for datamaskin
  • Polish: komputerPronunciation for komputer
  • Portuguese: computadorPronunciation for computador
  • Romanian: calculator computere
  • Russian: компьютерPronunciation for компьютер
  • Spanish: computadoraPronunciation for computadora
  • Swedish: datorPronunciation for dator
  • Thai: เครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์Pronunciation for เครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์
  • Turkish: bilgisayarPronunciation for bilgisayar
  • Ukrainian: комп'ютер
  • Vietnamese: máy tínhPronunciation for máy tínhvi tính

Example Sentences Including 'computer'

He thought for a few moments and his eye flicked from the phone system to the computer monitor.
Stuart Harrison LOST SUMMER (2002)
All Stephanie could hear was the soft breath of air conditioning and the murmur of computer terminals.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
Or, most likely, playing a computer game with her eight-year-old son Hartmut.


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