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[pros-es-er or, esp. British, proh-ses-] /ˈprɒs ɛs ər or, esp. British, ˈproʊ sɛs-/
a person or thing that processes.
  1. computer.
  2. controller (def 5).
Also, processer.
Origin of processor
1905-10; process + -or2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for processor
  • Blend all pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  • If the nature of the universe is indeed digital then what the speed of light defines for us is the processor speed.
  • Place the steamed vegetables in the work bowl of your food processor or blender.
  • When the stored energy of the battery dropped below a certain threshold, the processor would ignite combustion of one pellet.
  • Cut coconut flesh into chunks and place in a food processor.
  • To grind almonds, whirl in a food processor or blender.
  • Combine cream cheese and feta in a food processor until smooth.
  • And don't use a food processor on any potato unless you want glue.
  • Working in small batches, transfer soup to a blender or food processor and whirl until smooth.
  • Pulse strawberries in a small food processor until puréed.
British Dictionary definitions for processor


(computing) another name for central processing unit
a person or thing that carries out a process
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Word Origin and History for processor

1909, agent noun in Latin form from process (v.). Data processor is from 1957; word processor is from 1973; food processor in the kitchen appliance sense also is from 1973.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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processor in Science
  (prŏs'ěs'ər, prō'sěs'-)   
  1. A part of a computer, such as the central processing unit, that performs calculations or other manipulations of data.

  2. A program that translates another program into a form acceptable by the computer being used.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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processor in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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