Crossword clues for microcomputer
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
microcomputer \microcomputer\ n. A small computer based on a microprocessor; in practise, at any given time in the technology of computer development, a microcomputer will be one that is less powerful than a minicomputer.
Syn: personal computer, PC.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
n. (context computer hardware English) A computer designed around a microprocessor, smaller than a minicomputer or a mainframe.
n. a small digital computer based on a microprocessor and designed to be used by one person at a time [syn: personal computer, PC]
A microcomputer is a small, relatively inexpensive computer with a microprocessor as its central processing unit (CPU). It includes a microprocessor, memory, and minimal input/output (I/O) circuitry mounted on a single printed circuit board. Microcomputers became popular in the 1970s and 1980s with the advent of increasingly powerful microprocessors. The predecessors to these computers, mainframes and minicomputers, were comparatively much larger and more expensive (though indeed present-day mainframes such as the IBM System z machines use one or more custom microprocessors as their CPUs). Many microcomputers (when equipped with a keyboard and screen for input and output) are also personal computers (in the generic sense).
The abbreviation micro was common during the 1970s and 1980s, but has now fallen out of common usage.
Usage examples of "microcomputer".
It was a two-stage rocket with a microcomputer that had, besides the standard programs of contact, the ability to revise and alter them to fit unforeseen circumstances.
Holland, points of lights flickered deep inside, and Doughboy exclaimed in delight as the microcomputer corrected his aim.
I read that scouts used microcomputers and some gizmo to determine absolute time and Skee-- mean,”.
He would recommend that the earth station and microcomputer be dismantled and examined by a technical team, and he would also recommend that the compact discs be scanned for codes, but he didn't think that such measures would yield results.
Now many installations have several kinds of computers, including microcomputers, workstations, minicomputers, and mainframes.
The A-230 flew on the deadly edge of instability, every control surface monitored by its own bank of microcomputers, all hooked into the snakebrain flight-and-fire assistant with the twin black miloprene cables running front either side of his esophagus-getting off, oh, yes, when the cables snapped home and the airframe resonated through his nerves, his body singing with that identity, that power.
It's a complete self-contained microcomputer using organic molecules and an organic structure.
Even operations on the brain itself that involved transplantations from other brains and the insertion of microcomputers.