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processor

[pros-es-er or, esp. British, proh-ses-] /ˈprɒs ɛs ər or, esp. British, ˈproʊ sɛs-/
noun
1.
a person or thing that processes.
2.
Computers.
  1. computer.
  2. controller (def 5).
Also, processer.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; process + -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for processors

processor

/ˈprəʊsɛsə/
noun
1.
(computing) another name for central processing unit
2.
a person or thing that carries out a process
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Word Origin and History for processors

processor

n.

1909, agent noun in Latin form from process (v.). Data processor is from 1957; word processor is from 1973; food processor in the kitchen appliance sense also is from 1973.

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processor
  (prŏs'ěs'ər, prō'sěs'-)   
  1. A part of a computer, such as the central processing unit, that performs calculations or other manipulations of data.

  2. A program that translates another program into a form acceptable by the computer being used.


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