personal computer

noun
a microcomputer designed for individual use, as by a person in an office or at home or school, for such applications as word processing, data management, financial analysis, or computer games. Abbreviation: PC

Origin:
1975–80

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personal computer
 
n
a small inexpensive computer used in word processing, playing computer games, etc

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personal computer   (pûr'sə-nəl)  Pronunciation Key 
A computer built around a microprocessor for use by an individual. Personal computers have their own operating systems, software, and peripherals, and can generally be linked to networks. Compare mainframe.
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personal computer (PC)

A computer typically used in the home, office, or school. Also a generic term for a PC Microsoft® operating system.

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personal computer definition

computer
(PC) A general-purpose single-user microcomputer designed to be operated by one person at a time.
This term and the concept has been successfully hijacked by IBM due to the huge market share of the IBM PC, despite its many obvious weaknesses when compared to other equally valid claimants to the term, e.g. the Acorn Archimedes, Amiga, Atari, Macintosh.
(1994-11-02)

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Example sentences
Fallows was one of the first writers to incorporate a personal computer into
  his life.
But increasingly this is the researcher's own personal computer, and it goes
  along wherever he or she goes.
Experience with personal computer, who happens to sometime crash when you're
  surfing the net, is totally irrelevant.
They will send you all the parts needed to construct a high-end personal
  computer.
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