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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 or 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So England and France had to turn to Cuba, the nearest great sugar-producing country, and ask for large quantities of her output.

  • They're negotiating now with the Rothschilds to limit the output of the Rio Tinto mines.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • By relieving the congestion on the lines, they made possible the expansion of our output of munitions.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • From that time he has been adding steadily to his output and his reputation.

  • Net farm output increased much more slowly because the cost of material outlays per unit of output was steadily rising.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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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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