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computer Idioms & Phrases


analog computer

  • noun a computer that represents information by variable quantities (e.g., positions or voltages)
    analog computer.
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analogue computer

  • noun a computer that represents information by variable quantities (e.g., positions or voltages)
    analog computer.
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briefcase computer

  • noun a portable computer housed in a box that resembles a briefcase
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complex instruction set computer

  • noun (computer science) a kind of computer architecture that has a large number of instructions hard coded into the CPU chip
    complex instruction set computing; CISC.
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computer accessory

  • noun an accessory for a computer
    • when you add in all the computer accessories you are going to need the computer gets pretty expensive
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computer address

  • noun (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored
    reference; address.
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computer architecture

  • noun the art of assembling logical elements into a computing device; the specification of the relation between parts of a computer system
  • noun (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software
    architecture.
    • the architecture of a computer's system software
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computer backup

  • noun (computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device
    backup.
    • he made a backup in case the original was accidentally damaged or erased
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computer business

  • noun a business that manufactures and sells computers
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computer circuit

  • noun a circuit that is part of a computer
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computer code

  • noun (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions
    code.
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computer database

  • noun (computer science) a database that can be accessed by computers
    on-line database; electronic information service; electronic database.
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computer dealer

  • noun a firm that sells and buys computers
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computer display

  • noun a screen used to display the output of a computer to the user
    computer display.
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computer error

  • noun (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
    error.
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computer expert

  • noun an authority on computers and computing
    computer expert.
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computer file

  • noun (computer science) a file maintained in computer-readable form
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computer file name

  • noun (computer science) the name given to a computer file in order to distinguish it from other files; may contain an extension that indicates the type of file
    file name; computer file name; filename.
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computer filename

  • noun (computer science) the name given to a computer file in order to distinguish it from other files; may contain an extension that indicates the type of file
    file name; computer file name; filename.
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computer game

  • noun a game played against a computer
    video game.
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computer graphic

  • noun an image that is generated by a computer
    computer graphic; graphic.
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computer graphics

  • noun the pictorial representation and manipulation of data by a computer
  • noun an image that is generated by a computer
    computer graphic; graphic.
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computer guru

  • noun an authority on computers and computing
    computer expert.
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computer hardware

  • noun (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
    hardware.
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computer industry

  • noun the manufacturers of computers considered collectively
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computer keyboard

  • noun a keyboard that is a data input device for computers; arrangement of keys is modelled after the typewriter keyboard
    keypad.
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computer language

  • noun a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers
    machine-oriented language; computer language; machine language.
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computer memory

  • noun an electronic memory device
    storage; memory board; memory; computer memory; store.
    • a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached
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computer memory unit

  • noun a unit for measuring computer memory
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computer menu

  • noun (computer science) a list of options available to a computer user
    menu.
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computer monitor

  • noun a device that displays signals on a computer screen
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computer mouse

  • noun a hand-operated electronic device that controls the coordinates of a cursor on your computer screen as you move it around on a pad; on the bottom of the device is a ball that rolls on the surface of the pad
    mouse.
    • a mouse takes much more room than a trackball
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computer network

  • noun (computer science) a network of computers
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computer operation

  • noun an elementary operation that a computer is designed and built to perform
    machine operation.
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computer paper

  • noun paper folded to permit continuous printing controlled by a computer
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computer peripheral

  • noun (computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer
    peripheral device; peripheral.
    • disk drives and printers are important peripherals
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computer program

  • noun (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute
    program; computer program; programme.
    • the program required several hundred lines of code
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computer programing

  • noun creating a sequence of instructions to enable the computer to do something
    computer programing; programming; programing.
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computer programme

  • noun (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute
    program; computer program; programme.
    • the program required several hundred lines of code
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computer programmer

  • noun a person who designs and writes and tests computer programs
    software engineer; programmer; coder.
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computer programming

  • noun creating a sequence of instructions to enable the computer to do something
    computer programing; programming; programing.
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computer readable

  • adjective suitable for feeding directly into a computer
    machine readable.
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computer science

  • noun the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
    computing.
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computer scientist

  • noun a scientist who specializes in the theory of computation and the design of computers
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computer screen

  • noun a screen used to display the output of a computer to the user
    computer display.
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computer simulation

  • noun (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
    simulation.
    • a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated
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computer software

  • noun (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory
    package; software program; software package; software system; software.
    • the market for software is expected to expand
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computer storage

  • noun an electronic memory device
    storage; memory board; memory; computer memory; store.
    • a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached
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computer store

  • noun a store that sells computers to the small businessperson or personal user
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computer system

  • noun a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
    ADPS; ADP system; computing system; automatic data processing system.
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computer technology

  • noun the activity of designing and constructing and programming computers
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computer user

  • noun a person who uses computers for work or entertainment or communication or business
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computer virus

  • noun a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer
    virus.
    • a true virus cannot spread to another computer without human assistance
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computer-aided design

  • noun software used in art and architecture and engineering and manufacturing to assist in precision drawing
    CAD.
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computer-oriented language

  • noun a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers
    machine-oriented language; computer language; machine language.
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department of computer science

  • noun the academic department responsible for teaching and research in computer science
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desktop computer

  • noun a personal computer small enough to fit conveniently in an individual workspace
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digital computer

  • noun a computer that represents information by numerical (binary) digits
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electronic computer

  • noun a machine for performing calculations automatically
    data processor; computing machine; information processing system; computing device; computer.
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hand-held computer

  • noun a portable battery-powered computer small enough to be carried in your pocket
    hand-held microcomputer.
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home computer

  • noun a computer intended for use in the home
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laptop computer

  • noun a portable computer small enough to use in your lap
    laptop.
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mainframe computer

  • noun a large digital computer serving 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room
    mainframe.
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notebook computer

  • noun a small compact portable computer
    notebook.
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personal computer

  • noun a small digital computer based on a microprocessor and designed to be used by one person at a time
    microcomputer; PC.
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portable computer

  • noun a personal computer that can easily be carried by hand
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reduced instruction set computer

  • noun (computer science) a kind of computer architecture that has a relatively small set of computer instructions that it can perform
    reduced instruction set computing; RISC.
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small computer system interface

  • noun interface consisting of a standard port between a computer and its peripherals that is used in some computers
    SCSI.
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