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[mahy-kroh-kuh m-pyoo-ter] /ˈmaɪ kroʊ kəmˌpyu tər/
a compact computer, with less capacity and capability than a minicomputer, consisting of a microprocessor and other components.
Origin of microcomputer
1970-75; micro- + computer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for microcomputer
  • The microcomputer and the mainframe computer are contrasted for those researchers who have a choice of where to process data.
  • microcomputer statistical packages tend to have less flexibility but are easier for the novice to use.
British Dictionary definitions for microcomputer


a small computer in which the central processing unit is contained in one or more silicon chips Sometimes shortened to micro
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for microcomputer

1971, from micro- + computer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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microcomputer in Technology

A computer based on a microprocessor.
Contrast with minicomputer, mainframe.

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