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workstation

[wurk-stey-shuh n] /ˈwɜrkˌsteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a work or office area assigned to one person, often one accommodating a computer terminal or other electronic equipment.
2.
a computer terminal or personal computer connected to a mainframe or network.
3.
a powerful personal computer, often with a high-resolution display, used for computer-aided design, electronic publishing, or other graphics-intensive processing.
Also, work station.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for workstation
  • About ten years ago our campus began provisioning faculty with laptops, rather than desktops, as the primary workstation.
  • My supervisor finally barred them from my workstation.
  • Above each machinist's workstation there was a wooden cube with a different colour painted on each face.
  • It is operated from a computer workstation, rather than by traditional aircraft controls, and has an automatic landing system.
  • Lacking space in her bedroom for a lab bench, she bought a vertical shelving unit and built her workstation straight up.
  • Using a workstation and a joystick, the researchers grabbed candidates from an inventory of stick-figure diagrams of components.
  • And designs that include sliding cutting boards, graters, and multiple sprayers help you achieve maximum workstation efficiency.
  • It will also be a multimedia workstation, supporting the playing and composing of music, for example.
  • Only perfectly matched samples remain, and the output is then read on a customized desktop workstation.
  • When that happens, a red alarm light flashes at a poolside laptop workstation and lifeguards are alerted via waterproof pagers.
Word Origin and History for workstation
n.

also work-station, 1950, from work (n.) + station. Computer sense is from 1977.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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workstation in Technology

computer
A general-purpose computer designed to be used by one person at a time and which offers higher performance than normally found in a personal computer, especially with respect to graphics, processing power and the ability to carry out several tasks at the same time.
(1995-05-04)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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