Definition of input noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪnpʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnpʊt//
    Using a computer, Computer programming
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] time, knowledge, ideas, etc. that you put into work, a project, etc. in order to make it succeed; the act of putting something in input (into/to something) Her specialist input to the discussions has been very useful. Barley is one of the main inputs to the process of distillation. I'd appreciate your input on this. input (of something) There has been a big input of resources into the project from industry. Growing anything in this soil will require heavy inputs of nutrients.
  2. 2[uncountable] (computing) the act of putting information into a computer; the information that you put in data input This program accepts input from most word processors. Wordfindercode, data, functionality, input, interface, keyword, operating system, program, retrieve, software See related entries: Using a computer, Computer programming
  3. 3[countable] (specialist) a place or means for electricity, data, etc. to enter a machine or system an input lead Where is the audio input on the computer?
  4. compare output
    Extra examples Decision tables can be used as computer input. Early computers required input in the form of punched cards. I have no creative input to the projects I work on. If you have ideas for improvements, your input is always appreciated. It may be beyond the capability of the hardware to process the input. Once running, the system requires very little input. The cursor is positioned on the first input field of the page. The report contains a substantial input by the police. The software will accept input from a variety of other programs. The union would like more input on redundancies. There’s the socket for audio input. They all had some input in the discussion. We actively solicit input from our users. We have made some adjustments based on user input. an additional input to market analysis an input device such as a keyboard constructive criticism which provided an input into the school’s decision-making process her input into the survey input from a mouse input from various interested parties input to a computer database inputs for the printers I’d appreciate your input on this.
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