computer


computer
computer 1640s, "one who calculates," agent noun from COMPUTE (Cf. compute). Meaning "calculating machine" (of any type) is from 1897; in modern use, "programmable digital electronic computer" (1945; theoretical from 1937, as Turing machine). ENIAC (Cf. ENIAC) (1946) usually is considered the first. Computer literacy is recorded from 1970; an attempt to establish computerate (adj., on model of literate) in this sense in the early 1980s didn't catch on. Computerese "the jargon of programmers" is from 1960, as are computerize and computerization.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A New York Congressman says the use of computers to record personal data on individuals, such as their credit background, "is just frightening to me." [news article, March 17, 1968]

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  • 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • computer — COMPÚTER, computere, s.n. Calculator electronic; ordinator. ♢ Computer familial = microcalculator pentru prelucrarea şi vizualizarea informaţiilor provenite de la o serie de periferice, specific aplicaţiilor familiale (utilitare, educaţionale,… …   Dicționar Român

  • computer — /komˈpjuter, ingl. kəmˈpjuːtə(r)/ [vc. ingl., «calcolatore», da to compute «calcolare», dal fr. computer «computare»] s. m. inv. calcolatore, elaboratore, elaboratore elettronico, cervello elettronico □ (est.) personal computer, PC, home computer …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Computer — Com*put er (k[o^]m*p[=u]t [ e]r), n. 1. One who computes. 2. (Computers) an electronic device for performing calculations automatically. It consists of a clock to provide voltage pulses to synchronize the operations of the devices within the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • computer — ● computer ou computeur nom masculin (anglais computer, de to compute, calculer) Synonyme de ordinateur. ● computer ou computeur (synonymes) nom masculin (anglais computer, de to compute, calculer) Synonymes : ordinateur …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Computer — Sm std. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. computer, einer Ableitung von ne. compute berechnen , dieses aus frz. computer, aus l. computāre berechnen, zusammenrechnen, überschlagen , zu l. putāre rechnen, berechnen, putzen, reinigen und l.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Computer — [Basiswortschatz (Rating 1 1500)] Auch: • Rechner Bsp.: • Wir haben einen neuen Computer in unserem Büro. • Mein neuer Computer ist sehr leistungsfähig. • Welcher Laden verkauft Computer? …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • computer — [kəm pyo͞ot′ər] n. 1. a person who computes 2. a device used for computing; specif., an electronic machine which, by means of stored instructions and information, performs rapid, often complex calculations or compiles, correlates, and selects… …   English World dictionary

  • Computer — Computer: Die Bezeichnung für »elektronische Rechenanlage; Rechner« wurde in der 2. Hälfte des 20. Jh.s aus gleichbed. engl. computer entlehnt. Das engl. Wort gehört zum Verb engl. to compute »‹be›rechnen«, das auf lat. computare… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • computer — [n] calculating, data processing machine abacus, adding machine, analog, artificial intelligence, brain*, calculator, clone, CPU, data processor, digital, electronic brain*, laptop*, MAC, mainframe, micro*, microcomputer, mini*, minicomputer,… …   New thesaurus


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