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CPU

Computers.
1.
central processing unit: the key component of a computer system, which contains the circuitry necessary to interpret and execute program instructions.
Also called central processor, microprocessor.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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  • The department secretary called our equipment guy to come install some software on my CPU.
  • In each step of CPU evolution you describe there was no alternative to the limited capabilities of the technology of the day.
  • How often have you seen that antivirus program chewing up the CPU cycles.
British Dictionary definitions for CPU

CPU

abbreviation
1.
central processing unit
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Word Origin and History for CPU

cpu

by 1970, abbreviation of central processing unit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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CPU in Science
CPU  
Abbreviation of central processing unit
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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CPU in Culture

CPU definition


An abbreviation for central processing unit. The “brain” of a computer, the CPU is where data manipulation actually takes place. The results of these manipulations are then stored in the computer memory. Microprocessors perform this function in personal computers.

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CPU in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for CPU

CPU

central processing unit
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