Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device that computes, especially a programmable electronic machine that performs high-speed mathematical or logical operations or that assembles, stores, correlates, or otherwise processes information.
  • n. One who computes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who computes.
  • n. 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 computer, a central processing unit, where the arithmetical and logical operations are performed on data, a random-access memory, where the programs and data are stored for rapid access, devices to input data and output results, and various other peripheral devices of widely varied function, as well as circuitry to support the main operations.
  • n. same as digital computer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who computes; a reckoner; a calculator; specifically, one whose occupation is to make arithmetical calculations for mathematicians, astronomers, geodesists, etc. Also spelled computor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
  • n. a machine for performing calculations automatically

Etymologies

From compute +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Clowns like Parson wouldn't be able to cause widespread damage if people took responsibility for what *their* computer is doing how many computers did *your computer* infect?

    bum rap for a worm tweaker - Anil Dash

  • For 10 computer languages, this chart summarizes the number of books offered at, the number of hits on the query "+Language +computer"

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  • Get-WmiObject - Class win32_desktopmonitor - ComputerName $computer WMI class to return information about printers defined on a computer, you will almost always return a lot of things that are not really printers such as the Microsoft XPS Document printer, a fax machine, and even some image capturing software.

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  • Get-WmiObject - Class win32_computersystem - ComputerName $computer To get information about the monitor that is attached to the computer, the

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  • Add ( "Connectors. vss") $pcinfo = Get-ComputerSystem - computer $computer

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  • Very Proficient with desktop and web-based applications and web-based applications (40\%) (52. 6\%) • Familiar with using a computer• Familiar with using a and office application suites, computer and office but not familiar with hardware application suites, but not technologies

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  • $printerinfo = Get-DefaultPrinter - computer $computer

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  • $networkinfo = Get-NetworkAdapterConfiguration - computer $computer

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  • $monitorinfo = Get-DesktopMonitor - computer $computer

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  • Ugh! And my main computer is in the hospital, so I can't make uploads to my website.

    My cyber kitchen is closed for the summer.

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  • From Charles Baggage's book of logarthyms
    "In presenting to the public a new table of Logarithms two things particularly demand the attention of the editor their correctness and the facility with which they can be used by computers..."
    I think in that day, Babbage's Logarythm book was aimed at computers being 'people who computed'.
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=piNNAAAAMAAJ

    October 24, 2013

  • *blink, blink*

    November 1, 2009

  • 'ullo Jenn go' a new pooter?
    'ullo Jenn go' a new pooter?
    'ullo Jenn go' a new pooter?

    November 1, 2009

  • Just had a kid spell this "cume pooter". So cute. :)

    October 31, 2009

  • The word "counter" is given as a synonym for "computer". There may be devices known as "counters", but they would hardly be considered "computers".

    June 20, 2009

  • Computer might as well refer to a computing human being. So realistically, it is fully possible for computers to steal my lunch using current state of technology.

    August 19, 2008

  • …The mind is just a complicated machine. When we look at things we think we are just looking out of our eyes like we’re looking out of little windows and there’s a person inside our head, but we’re not. We’re looking at a screen inside our heads, like a computer screen.

    There is an experiment which was shown on the TV series "How the Mind Works" where a person’s head is immobilized while viewing a page of writing on a screen. It looks like a normal page of writing and nothing is changing. But after a while it seems that something very strange is occurring when the subject notices that a bit of the page is changed from what it was when seen earlier. This is because when the eye flicks from one point to another it is effectively blind: this avoids the vertigo of disorientation. The flicks are called saccades. In the experiment there is a sensor which tells when the eye is flicking from one place to another which then alters some words on the page where it’s not looking. The momentary blindness of the saccades isn’t noticed because in the gap the brain fills in the screen to make it seem like one is looking out of two little windows in the head. The subject doesn’t notice the words have changed because the brain has filled in a picture where the eye isn’t currently looking. Eventually the subject becomes aware of changes when memory traces don’t correspond to enough new words.

    People are different from animals because they can have pictures on the screens in their heads of things which they are not looking at. They can have pictures of someone in another room. Or they can have a picture of what is going to happen tomorrow. Or they can have pictures of themselves as an astronaut, or of really big numbers or chains of reasoning while trying to work out some problem. People think that computers don’t have minds, and that their brains are special and different than computers. They think there is someone in their heads looking at the screen like Captain Kirk of Star Trek sitting in the captain’s seat looking at a big screen. They think that this person is their special human mind, which is called a homunculus—a little man—that computers don’t have.

    But this homunculus is just another picture on the screen in their heads. And when it is on the screen (because the person is thinking about a homunculus) there is another bit of the brain watching the screen. When the person then thinks about that bit watching the screen, another bit is then watching the screen. But the brain doesn’t see this happen because it is like the eye flicking from one place to another and people are blind inside their heads when changing from one thought to another while the brain fills the gap in between with a sensation of continuity.

    This is why people’s brains are like computers. Not because they are special but because they have to keep turning off for fractions of a second while the screen changes. And because there is something that people can’t see, they think there is something special about it, like the dark side of the moon, or the other side of a black hole, or being in the dark when they wake up at night and they’re unnerved by some sound

    Also, people think they’re not computers because they have feelings and computers do not. But feelings are just having a picture on the screen in your head of what is going to happen tomorrow or next year, or what might have happened instead of what did happen. If it’s a happy picture they smile; if it’s a sad one they cry….

    --from "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon (with editing).

    February 2, 2008