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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 pertaining 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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Examples for inputs
  • 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
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 an obs. Scottish verb input (1498) meaning "to put in (prison, etc.)," but it died out long before this.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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