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digital computer

a computer that processes information in digital form.
Compare analog computer.
Origin of digital computer
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They also type commands on the keyboard of a control console of either a mainframe digital computer or a group of minicomputers.
  • He accepts, however, that three-dimensional digital computer modelling has changed the design process a lot in the past ten years.
  • Ironically, it's the advancing power of the modern digital computer that has made such problems solvable.
  • The neural code is often likened to the machine code that underpins the operating system of a digital computer.
  • The process is based on paper-and-pencil mathematics developed long before the digital computer was invented.
  • Moreover, updating maps is gradually becoming easier and cheaper thanks to new digital computer technology.
  • The implication is that there is no reason a properly programmed digital computer couldn't be made equally aware.
British Dictionary definitions for digital computer

digital computer

an electronic computer in which the input is discrete rather than continuous, consisting of combinations of numbers, letters, and other characters written in an appropriate programming language and represented internally in binary notation Compare analog computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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digital computer in Technology

A computer that represents numbers and other data using discrete internal states, in contrast to the continuously varying quantities used in an analog computer.
Some of the fundamental ideas behind the digital computer were proposed by Alan Turing between 1936 and 1938. The design of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (1937-1942) included some of the important implementation details but the first digital computer to successfully run real programs was the Z3 (1941). ENIAC (1943-1946) was the first electronic digital computer but was only programmable by manual rewiring or switches.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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