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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ This also develops technical skills as the pupils learn to use the microcomputer while carrying out the project.
▪ Whether the teacher regularly uses the microcomputer in his classroom. 11.
▪ The country is behind Britain in using microcomputers.
▪ Students undertake laboratory and design office work, use state-of-the-art mainframe and microcomputers and attend a surveying field course.
▪ It may be helpful to use a microcomputer for this purpose.
▪ The report will outline what the microcomputer is to be used for and which microcomputer hardware and software will be needed.
▪ Report generation using a stand alone microcomputer with a word-processing program has already proved invaluable in many company departments, including personnel.
▪ A local microcomputer is like a manual record system which can be accessible to all levels of staff.
▪ At the same time, pupils are also exposed to one practical application of the microcomputer which will be relevant outside school.
▪ It also carries out research into Third World needs for microcomputers.
▪ Strenuous efforts have been made to program such recognition abilities into microcomputers and several packages for manipulating and comparing spectra are available.
▪ The microcomputer then searches the file to discover any entries indexed using both keywords.
▪ They are the names of microcomputers produced by a new breed of electronics entrepreneurs.
▪ This also develops technical skills as the pupils learn to use the microcomputer while carrying out the project.
▪ Today, any person working in an office situation generally has access to a microcomputer and a variety of software.
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

1971, from micro- + computer.


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.