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central processing unit

noun, Computers.
1.
CPU.
Also called central processor.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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central processing unit

noun
1.
the part of a computer that performs logical and arithmetical operations on the data as specified in the instructions CPU
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central-processor in Science
central processing unit  
The part of a computer that interprets and carries out instructions provided by the software. It tests and manipulates data, and transfers information to and from other components, such as the working memory, disk drive, monitor, and keyboard. The central processing units of personal computers are generally implemented on a single chip, called a microprocessor.
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