Definitions

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

  • n. One that processes, especially an apparatus for preparing, treating, or converting material: a wood pulp processor.
  • n. Computer Science A computer.
  • n. Computer Science A central processing unit.
  • n. Computer Science A program that translates another program into a form acceptable by the computer being used.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who processes things (foods, photos, applications, etc.).
  • n. A device which processes, which changes something.
  • n. A computer, especially as short for a microprocessor.

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

  • n. (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing
  • n. a business engaged in processing agricultural products and preparing them for market
  • n. someone who processes things (foods or photographs or applicants etc.)

Etymologies

Recorded since 1909, from to process + -or (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She had installed it for just this moment: When she'd be driving and need a way to keep working on her novel cause while she had a word processor on her phone she couldn't really type on her phone while she was driving.

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  • You may not be able to write out an entire paper, but you certainly can outline one using the word processor on your mobile device.

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  • In no time the hand-held calculator made the slide rule extinct, and the word processor sent the typewriter into irreversible decline.

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  • To give you an example, I used my word processor to make two charts.

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  • Even though my word processor defaults to stories, that word is frowned upon except at bedtime: “The preferred word for a newspaper or magazine report is article.”

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  • By acquiring the word processor Ami Pro and developing the presentation graphic package Freelance, Lotus became the industry's second full-line generalist.

    The Rule of Three

  • Special thanks to Patsy Strader for tireless typing and to Lyn Rose for her endless hours at the word processor and at the library digging up buried footnotes.

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  • The words on the word processor screen glowed back at him.

    Twisted

  • It is easier to write on a word processor than to use paper, pencil, and eraser.

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  • Authoring and Web creation has already become as simple as using a word processor and will allow easy updating by anybody anytime.

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