computer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n computer a machine for performing calculations automatically
    • n computer an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software
    • n computer One who computes; a reckoner; a calculator; specifically, one whose occupation is to make arithmetical calculations for mathematicians, astronomers, geodesists, etc. Also spelled computor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Watson, who was the chairman of IBM in 1943 predicted that their would probably only be a world market for five computers.
    • ns Computer a calculator
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Quotations

  • Brandt Allen
    Brandt Allen
    “Control over computing belongs with users.”
  • Isaac Asimov
    Isaac%20Asimov
    “I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.”
  • Norman Augustine
    Norman Augustine
    “One of the most feared expressions in modern times is The computer is down”
  • Dave Barry
    Dave Barry
    “I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.”
  • Dave Barry
    Dave Barry
    “The word user is the word used by the computer professional when they mean idiot.”
  • Nathanie Borenstein
    Nathanie Borenstein
    “The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. computāre, from com, together, putāre, to reckon.

Usage

In literature:

I did give a good account of matters according to our computation of the expence of the fleete.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1666" by Samuel Pepys
The resources of this country are almost beyond computation.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
At the very lowest computation it had contained 20,000 people.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
Twenty-four parties a week at a moderate computation.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He was listening to Thai news from his computer.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
Napoleon has augmented the commercial prosperity of France in ten years to such a degree that figures can hardly compute it.
"The Innocents Abroad, Part 2 of 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The distance from Corpus Christi to San Antonio was then computed at one hundred and fifty miles.
"The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1." by Ulysses S. Grant
But this computation will only apply to the English language.
"Memoirs of My Life and Writings" by Edward Gibbon
The ignorance of the army grew dense beyond all computation.
"The Scouts of Stonewall" by Joseph A. Altsheler
And such resistance imperils the soul beyond all possible computation.
"When the Holy Ghost is Come" by S. L. Brengle
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In poetry:

A little maid, of summers four--
Did you compute her years,--
And yet how infinitely more
To me her age appears:
"Some Songs After Master Singers" by James Whitcomb Riley
So it can woo an artful flute
With loose elastic lips
Its measurements of joy compute
With blithe, ecstatic hips.
"Harlem Wine" by Countee Cullen
DUKE BAILEY greatest wealth computes,
And sticks, they say, at no-thing,
He wears a pair of golden boots
And silver underclothing.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
There men no longer by exchange
Compute the things they have or owe,
But gladly spend themselves in giving-
The all they have, the all they know.
"Here—now—our age of socialism!..." by Boris Pasternak
Is so far clear? You know Violante now,
Compute her capability of crime
By this authentic instance? Black hard cold
Crime like a stone you kick up with your foot
I’ the middle of a field?
"The Ring And The Book - Chapter IV - Tertium Quid" by Robert Browning
Now, what are we paying
For all this dull braying?
Beyond computation the vast millions heap,
Till we're yearing to shackle
This mad, costly cackle
With curses for him who said talking was cheap.
"Golden Silence" by C J Dennis

In news:

If your computer kept crashing today or wouldn't let you get ontothe Internet, you may have the latest computer virus.
HIGH TECH HERETIC Why Computers Don't Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections by a Computer Contrarian.
If you'd like to use it on your desktop computer, here are detailed instructions for enabling the " hibernate " option on a Windows 7 desktop computer.
Subrata Dasgupta, "A Hierarchical Taxonomic System for Computer Architectures," Computer, vol 23, no.
He currently has an older computer, is a PC owner and is thinking about buying a Mac computer this time around.
Mina Thabet of Leicester sits next to a laptop computer showing a photo of two men using a computer stolen from his house.
CRITICS have often argued that children who spend too much time playing computer games have trouble staying focused on tasks when they are away from the computer and in the classroom.
When Boulder's Limitless Computing Inc (limitlesscomputing.com) was founded in 2006, the company's initial direction was set on cloud computing services.
Computer company has created a one-pound portable IBM compatible computer.
Sun Microsystems Inc introduced and began shipping a low-priced computer work station today that will compete directly with personal computers.
IBM's DeepQA project's computer, Watson, will compete on the Jeopardy game show on Feb 14-16, against two human champions, testing a computer system's ability to answer natural language questions.
Apple Computers Unveils the Macintosh Personal Computer.
Apple Computers unveiled the Macintosh personal computer on this day in 1984.
Whether computers are used in the workplace or to keep in touch with family and friends, everyone needs some level of proficiency in personal computing skills.
Apple Computer Inc said yesterday that it was adding three models to its Macintosh Performa personal computer line, which is aimed at first-time computer buyers.
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In science:

While only pseudorandom numbers can be generated by classical computers, quantum computers are able to produce genuine random numbers; quantum computers can exponentially or quadratically speed up median evaluation, Monte Carlo integration and Markov chain simulation.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
While classical computers are inefficient in simulating general quantum systems, quantum computers can efficiently carry out the quantum simulation procedure and provide an exponential speedup for the quantum simulation on classical computers.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
We expect that quantum computers may be much faster than classical computers for computing some statistical problems.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
Moreover, quantum computers may be able to carry out some computational statistical tasks that are prohibitive by classical computers.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
For example, Monte Carlo integration in high dimensions may be exponentially or quadratically faster on quantum computers than on classical computers. (c) It might be possible for quantum computers to carry out some prohibiting statistical computing tasks like the Bayesian computation discussed in Section 3.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
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