computer

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An electronic computer (circa early 1980s).

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From compute +‎ -er.

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computer (plural computers)

  1. (now rare, chiefly historical) A person employed to perform computations; one who computes. [from 17th c.]
    • 1927, J. B. S. Haldane, Possible Worlds and Other Essays, p. 173
      Only a few years ago Mr. Powers, an American computer, disproved a hypothesis about prime numbers which had held the field for more than 250 years.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA, p. 116:
      One Harvard computer, Annie Jump Cannon, used her repetitive acquaintance with the stars to devise a system of stellar classifications so practical that it is still in use today.
  2. A programmable electronic device that performs mathematical calculations and logical operations, especially one that can process, store and retrieve large amounts of data very quickly; now especially, a small one for personal or home use employed for manipulating text or graphics, accessing the Internet, or playing games or media. [from 20th c.]

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Borrowing from English.

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computer m (plural computers, diminutive computertje n)

  1. computer

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computer

  1. first-person singular present indicative of computeren
  2. imperative of computeren

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin computāre (to compute, sum up). See also compter, and conter.

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computer

  1. (old) to compute
    • 1802, François-René de Chateaubriand, Génie du christianisme
      Quant aux ères, ici on compte par l'année de la création, là par olympiade, par la fondation de Rome, par la naissance de Jésus-Christ, par l'époque d'Eusèbe, par celle des Séleucides, celle de Nabonassar, celle des martyrs. Les Turcs ont leur hégire, les Persans leur yezdegerdic. On compute encore par les éres julienne, grégorienne, ibérienne et actienne.
      As the eras, here they compute by the year of the creation, there by olympiads, by the foundation of Rome, by the birth of Christ, by the epoch of Eusebius, by that of Seleucids, of Nabonassar, of the Martyrs. The Turks have their hegira, the Persians their yezdegerdie. The Julian, Gregorian, Iberian and Actian eras, are also employed in computation.


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Borrowing from English.

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  • IPA(key): /komˈpjuter/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: com‧pù‧ter

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computer m (invariable)

  1. computer (calculating device)

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computer

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of computō

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Borrowing from English.

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computer m (plural computers)

  1. computer

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