micro-computer

microcomputer

[mahy-kroh-kuhm-pyoo-ter]
noun
a compact and relatively inexpensive computer, with less capacity and capability than a minicomputer, consisting of a microprocessor and other components of a computer, miniaturized where possible: used in small business, by hobbyists, etc.


Origin:
1970–75; micro- + computer

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microcomputer (ˈmaɪkrəʊkəmˈpjuːtə)
 
n
Sometimes shortened to: micro a small computer in which the central processing unit is contained in one or more silicon chips

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microcomputer
1971, from micro- + computer.
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