CPU

Computers.
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:
1965–70

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CPU
 
abbreviation for
central processing unit

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cpu
by 1970, abbreviation of central processing unit.
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CPU  
Abbreviation of central processing unit
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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 definition


central processing unit

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CPU
central processing unit
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