Computer Definition & Meaning | What is a Computer?

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A computer is a programmable machine. The two principal characteristics of a computer are: It responds to a specific set of instructions in a well-defined manner and it can execute a prerecorded list of instructions (a program).

Modern Computers Defined

Modern computers are electronic and digital. The actual machinery wires, transistors, and circuits is called hardware; the instructions

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What is the Internet? Webopedia Definition

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The Internet is generally defined as a global network connecting millions of computers. More than 190 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions.

The Internet is Decentralized

Unlike online services, which are centrally controlled, by design, the Internet is decentralized. Each Internet computer, called a host, is independent. Operators can choose which Internet services to use

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What is a Computer? Webopedia Definition

Hellen Wadman

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By Vangie Beal

A computer is a programmable machine. The two principal characteristics of a computer are: It responds to a specific set of instructions in a well-defined manner and it can execute a prerecorded list of instructions (a program).

Modern Computers Defined

Modern computers are electronic and digital. The actual machinery wires, transistors, and circuits is called hardware; the instructions

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Definition of Computer by Merriam-Webster

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com·​put·​er | kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce computer (audio)
: one that computes specifically : a programmable usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data using a computer to design 3-D models

Other Words from computer

computerdom kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​dəm How to pronounce computerdom (audio) noun
computerless kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce computerless (audio) adjective
computerlike kəm-​ˈpyü-​tər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce computerlike (audio) adjective

Examples of computer in a Sentence

He works all day on a computer.

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definition of technology by The Free Dictionary

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Technology is almost magical, and ambition for a better life is now universal.
“I had made up my mind to he an engineer, and I went over to the Boston Institute of Technology.”
They are, as described by one expert, “interchangeable with the technology used for pointing warheads to precise points on the ground” (as quoted in The China Threat, by Bill Gertz, published in 2000).
The increased use
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definition of gadget by The Free Dictionary

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gadg·et

(găj′ĭt)

n.

A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.


[Perhaps originally 19th century glassblowers’ jargon gadget, spring-pressure clip at the end of a punty to hold the foot of a glass being blown without creating a mark, probably from French gâchette, pawl, tumbler in a gunlock, strike plate : gâche, strike plate, collar
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Definition of Gadget by Merriam-Webster

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gad·​get | ˈga-jət How to pronounce gadget (audio)

: an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty

Other Words from gadget

gadgetry ˈga-​jə-​trē How to pronounce gadgetry (audio) noun
gadgety ˈga-​jə-​tē How to pronounce gadgety (audio) adjective

Examples of gadget in a Sentence

The kitchen is equipped with all the latest gadgets.

cell phones, pagers, and other gadgets

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Definition of Gadget at Dictionary.com

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[ gaj-it ]

/ ˈgædʒ ɪt /


noun

a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.

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