computer com‧put‧er [kəmˈpjuːtə ǁ -ər] noun [countable, uncountable] COMPUTING
an electronic machine that can do calculations very quickly, store information or documents, or do tasks according to a set of instructions called a program:

• We store all our clients' details on computer.

• The winner is chosen by computer.

• The popularity of the Internet is bringing a massive rise in computer literacy (= when people understand computers and know how to work with them ) .

ˌfifth geneˌration comˈputer COMPUTING
a computer that uses artificial intelligence to process information and perform tasks
ˌhome comˈputer COMPUTING
a small computer used by one person in their business or home; = PC:

• home computer games

ˈhost comˌputer COMPUTING
the central computer that controls and communicates with all the other computers in a system:

• Most computer printers receive their information from the host computer sequentially.

ˌmainframe comˈputer COMPUTING
a large powerful computer that can do a lot of complicated jobs quickly and which can be used by a lot of people at the same time:

• terminals linked to the University's mainframe computer

ˌpersonal comˈputer abbreviation PC COMPUTING
a small computer used by one person in their business or home:

• a wordprocessing program for a personal computer

— see also laptop, microcomputer, minicomputer, palmtop, supercomputer

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computer UK US /kəmˈpjuːtər/ noun [C or U] IT
an electronic machine that calculates data very quickly, used for storing, writing, organizing, and sharing information electronically or for controlling other machines: log onto/start/boot up a computer »

You will need a user name and password in order to log onto the computer.

reboot/restart a computer »

You may need to restart your computer after installing the update.

log off/shut down a computer »

Please log off the network and shut down your computer before you leave the office.

a computer crashes »

If the computer keeps crashing unexpectedly, check to make sure you don't have a virus.

a computer is down/up »

All our computers are down right now. Can I call you back?


All our records are held on computer.


I've been sitting at the computer all day.


Right click to download the file onto your computer.


computer hardware/software


a computer network/system


a personal/desktop/home computer

See also DESKTOP COMPUTER(Cf. ↑desktop computer), HANDHELD(Cf. ↑handheld), HOST COMPUTER(Cf. ↑host computer), LAPTOP(Cf. ↑laptop), MAINFRAME(Cf. ↑mainframe), NOTEBOOK(Cf. ↑notebook), PC(Cf. ↑PC), PERSONAL COMPUTER(Cf. ↑personal computer), SUPERCOMPUTER(Cf. ↑supercomputer)

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