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[out-poo t] /ˈaʊtˌpʊt/
the act of turning out; production:
the factory's output of cars; artistic output.
the quantity or amount produced, as in a given time:
to increase one's daily output.
the material produced or yield; product.
the current, voltage, power, or signal produced by an electrical or electronic circuit or device.
Compare input (def 4).
  1. information in a form suitable for transmission from internal to external units of a computer, or to an outside medium.
  2. the process of transferring data from internal storage to an external medium, as paper or microfilm.
the power or force produced by a machine.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), outputted or output, outputting.
Computers. to transfer (information) from internal storage to an external medium.
to produce; turn out.
Origin of output
1855-60; out- + put
Related forms
superoutput, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for output
  • Instead, much of the additional output is being produced by the current set of workers, which means that productivity is soaring.
  • It is a significant sum but a relatively small fraction of the world's total economic output.
  • As the term suggests, a research university defines itself in terms of scholarship and scholarly output.
  • As recently as last summer, a return to falling output seemed a real possibility.
  • The new millennium has brought economic growth, with rising industrial output and falling inflation.
  • Cardiac output is a major limiting factor for prolonged exercise.
  • We've been through this a few times with our flock's output.
  • Smartphone docks today offer little more than the ability to charge the phone itself or offer audio and video output.
  • But when it comes to agriculture, its output lags far behind potential.
  • Sprawling as it is, his output has unmistakable signatures.
British Dictionary definitions for output


the act of production or manufacture
Also called outturn. the amount produced, as in a given period: a high weekly output
the material produced, manufactured, yielded, etc
  1. the power, voltage, or current delivered by a circuit or component
  2. the point at which the signal is delivered
the power, energy, or work produced by an engine or a system
  1. the information produced by a computer
  2. the operations and devices involved in producing this information See also input/output
(modifier) of or relating to electronic, computer, or other output: output signal, output device, output tax
verb (transitive) -puts, -putting, -put, -putted
(computing) to cause (data) to be emitted as output
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Word Origin and History for output

1839, from out + put (v.). Till c.1880, a technical term in the iron and coal trade [OED]. The verb is attested from mid-14c., originally "to expel;" meaning "to produce" is from 1858.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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output in Medicine

output out·put (out'put')
The amount produced, ejected, or excreted by an entity during a specified time.

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output in Science
  1. The energy, power, or work produced by a system or device.

  2. The information that a computer produces by processing a specific input.

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output in Technology

Data transferred from a computer system to the outside world via some kind of output device.
Opposite: input.

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