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



BrE BrE//kəmˈpjuːtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpjuːtər//
Computer hardware, In the office, Devices
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an electronic machine that can store, organize and find information, do calculations and control other machines a personal computer Our sales information is processed by computer. a computer program computer software/hardware/graphics a computer error computer-aided design see also desktop computer, microcomputer, personal computer, supercomputer Wordfindercomputer, display, drive, keyboard, memory, platform, program, reboot, router, screen See related entries: Computer hardware, In the office, DevicesExtra examples A computer model is used to predict forces affecting the aircraft in flight. Building a computer has many benefits over buying one. Computers can be networked using modems and telephone lines. He hacked (into) the school computer with the principal’s password. It’s all stored on the computer. It’s awful when a virus crashes your computer. My computer says that the hard drive is corrupted. Such a large sorting operation can take up a lot of computer time. The computer stores data in a buffer until the printer can accept it. The computers are all down at the moment. The computers are all down= not functioning at the moment. The data is all held on computer. The problem was caused by a computer glitch. The software allows you to interface your computer and an OCR reader. technicians who fix computers the market for home computers
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: computer