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Revision as of 06:18, 7 April 2006 by imported>mutante (Computer moved to computer)

A computer is:


Definitions of computer on the Web:


  • an electronic device that executes the instructions in a program. A computer has four functions: inputs data, processes data, produces output, and stores results


  • Refers to a programmable electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data i.e. a PC.


  • A machine for carrying out calculations and performing specified transformations on information, such as storing, sorting, correlating, retrieving and processing data.


  • An electronic device designed to accept data (input), perform prescribed mathematical and logical operations at high speed (processing), and supply the results of these operations (output). A digital computer processes data as numbers and includes mainframe computers, minicomputers, and microcomputers. In contrast, an analog computer represents data by measurable quantities, such as voltages. See also ANALOG, DIGITAL, LOCAL AREA NETWORK, MAINFRAME COMPUTER, MICROCOMPUTER, MINICOMPUTER, OFFICE AUTOMATION.


  • A programmable electronic device designed for storing, retrieving, and processing data.


  • Under UCITA, an electronic device that accepts information in a digital or similar form and manipulates it for a result based on a sequence of instructions.


  • 1. An electronic device capable of assisting in the performance of almost any non-physical work imaginable. (Compare {PC}.) 2. A gadget widely believed by some to be a tool of the Devil, until they realized that the Society makes extensive use of them, following which many brothers in affluent countries rushed out to buy them. To paraphrase Jesus: <<No one that has used a computer wants a typewriter; for he says, ``The computer is nice.[57] (Luk 5:39)>>


  • A digital, electronic, general-purpose, programmable, information processing automate.


  • A machine that can be programmed in code to execute a set of instructions (program). In an IS, the term ôcomputerö usually refers to the components inside the case: the motherboard, memory chips, and internal storage disk(s).


  • An electronic instrument which can solve problems by accepting data, performing various operations with the data, and supplying results. May be a personal computer or terminal, may be connected to a network, may provide access to the Internet.


  • A programmable electronic device that can store, retrieve, and work process data.


  • A device which processes and stores information digitally.


  • An electronic machine that can perform calculations and can process a large amount of information accurately and much more rapidly than the human brain. (Kybdy, Gr. 1; Terms..., Gr. K-4)


  • Electronic machine capable of performing calculations and other manipulations of various types of data, under the control of a stored set of instructions. The machine itself is the hardware; the instructions are the program or software. Depending upon size, computers are called mainframes, minicomputers, and microcomputers. Microcomputers include desk-top and portable personal computers.


  • You mean that you've got this far and you still don't know what a computer is? True, sometimes it can be hard to tell. A computer is the part of the system that contains a processing unit that does the thinking. Sometimes people refer to the computer as the entire package; the processing unit, keyboard, screen, disk drives_the works. You may need to know if you have a computer on your desk or if you have a terminal connected to a computer somewhere else. If you are using a PC with a program such as kermit or procomm as a terminal to communicate with a computer running Unix, when we talk about the "computer", we mean the Unix machine.


  • a programmable electronic device that can store, retrieve and process data


  • A functional unit that can perform substantial computations, including numerous arithmetic operations and logic operations without human intervention during a run. In information processing, the term computer usually describes a digital computer. A computer may consist of a stand-alone unit or may consist of several interconnected units.


  • a programmable electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data


  • An electronic device with the ability to (1) accept user-supplied data, (2) input, store, and execute programmed instructions, (3) perform mathematical and logic operations, and (4) output results according to user specifications.


  • A data processing device based on electronic/ electro-mechanical technology used for computational or communications support. Computers are generally classified by the size of the computer.


  • Originally the job title for a person who performed a laborious sequence of arithmetic computations. Now a machine for performing such calculations. A logic machine with: Some limited set of fundamental computations. Typical operations include simple arithmetic and Boolean logic. Each operation is selected by a particular operation code value or "opcode." This is a hardware interpretation of the opcode. The ability to follow a list of instructions or commands, performing each in sequence. Thus capable of simulating a wide variety of far more complex "instructions." The ability to execute or perform at least some instructions conditionally, based on parameter values or intermediate results. The ability to store values into a numbered "address space" which is far larger than the instruction set, and later to recover those values when desired. Also see: source code, object code and software.




  • A device capable of solving problems or manipulating data by accepting data, performing prescribed operations on the data and supplying the results of these operations. Various types of computers are: analog computer, digital computer, calculator.


  • a machine for performing calculations automatically


  • calculator: an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)


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