Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A personal computer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small computer based on a microprocessor; in practise, at any given time in the technology of computer development, a microcomputer will be one that is less powerful than a minicomputer.

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  • noun computer hardware A computer designed around a microprocessor, smaller than a minicomputer or a mainframe.

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

  • noun a small digital computer based on a microprocessor and designed to be used by one person at a time

Etymologies

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1956, micro- +‎ computer.

Examples

  • I once typed it into my first "microcomputer" -- the Amstrad PC6400 shown in the picture.

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  • I once typed it into my first "microcomputer"--the Amstrad PC6400 shown in the picture.

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  • My dad bought a new fangled gadget called a microcomputer, the TRS-80, affectionately known as the "trash 80".

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  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen derived the name Microsoft from 'microcomputer' and which other word?

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  • As you are familiar, the Tohoku area has become known for producing important electronic devices, such as microcomputer devices.

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  • It's a very odd one, not the usual Insilico fare, but that's what you get when you trap an AI in a microcomputer inside a briefcase (in this case, Xiang 2. 0a).

    "I need a change of skin."

  • The first spam was sent out by a marketing representative (who else?) for Digital Equipment Corporation, who was a leader in the microcomputer market back in the 1960s and 1970s.

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  • It's a very odd one, not the usual Insilico fare, but that's what you get when you trap an AI in a microcomputer inside a briefcase (in this case, Xiang 2. 0a).

    "I need a change of skin."

  • Without the transistor, and the subsequent development of the integrated circuit and microcomputer, only large corporations and the government could afford and house these vacuum tube computers, and there would thus be little need to connect them together into a world wide web.

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  • Without the transistor, and the subsequent development of the integrated circuit and microcomputer, only large corporations and the government could afford and house these vacuum tube computers, and there would thus be little need to connect them together into a world wide web.

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