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input

[in-poo t] /ˈɪnˌpʊt/
noun
1.
something that is put in.
2.
the act or process of putting in.
3.
the power or energy supplied to a machine.
4.
the current or voltage applied to an electric or electronic circuit or device.
Compare output (def 4).
5.
Computers.
  1. data to be entered into a computer for processing.
  2. the process of introducing data into the internal storage of a computer.
6.
contribution of information, ideas, opinions, or the like:
Before making a decision we need your input.
7.
the available data for solving a technical problem.
8.
Scot. a monetary contribution, as to charity.
adjective
9.
of or relating to data or equipment used for input:
The goal is to reduce input costs.
verb (used with object), inputted or input, inputting.
10.
Computers. to enter (data) into a computer for processing.
11.
to contribute (ideas, information, or suggestions) to a project, discussion, etc.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; in-1 + put
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  • Other inputs and fish density are also carefully limited to avoid compromising water quality or degrading the environment.
  • We now have monthly meetings where patrol staff are all encouraged to provide inputs into the upcoming month's planned activities.
  • Fund-raising résumés focus primarily on either inputs or outcomes.
  • The user inputs historical income statement and balance sheet information.
  • The voltages that came out at the end of the process were the solutions to the continuous stream of inputs.
  • When you first fire it up the watch walks you though a series of questions, and inputs all of your basic data.
  • Robots do consume energy and resources but these are inputs to production.
  • But productivity growth means squeezing more output from the same inputs.
  • Once again, the part of the brain in question seems to be involved in integrating inputs from different senses.
  • The output of an economy depends on its inputs-simplifying a bit, capital and labour.
British Dictionary definitions for inputs

input

/ˈɪnˌpʊt/
noun
1.
the act of putting in
2.
that which is put in
3.
(often pl) a resource required for industrial production, such as capital goods, labour services, raw materials, etc
4.
(electronics)
  1. the signal or current fed into a component or circuit
  2. the terminals, or some other point, to which the signal is applied
5.
(computing) the data fed into a computer from a peripheral device
6.
(modifier) of or relating to electronic, computer, or other input
verb -puts, -putting, -put, -putted
7.
(transitive) to insert (data) into a computer
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Word Origin and History for inputs

input

n.

1793, "a sum (of cash) put in," from in + put. Computing sense of "data fed into a machine" is from 1948; the verb in the computing sense is attested from 1946. There was a Middle English verb input (late 14c.) meaning "to put in, place, set," but it died out long before this.

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