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analog computer

a computer that represents data by measurable quantities, as voltages or, formerly, the rotation of gears, in order to solve a problem, rather than by expressing the data as numbers.
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Origin of analog computer
1945-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for analog computer

analog computer

a mechanical, electrical, or electronic computer that performs arithmetical operations by using some variable physical quantity, such as mechanical movement or voltage, to represent numbers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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analog computer in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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