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[toh-ster] /ˈtoʊ stər/
an instrument or appliance for toasting bread, muffins, etc.
a person who toasts something.
Origin of toaster1
1575-85; toast1 + -er1


[toh-ster] /ˈtoʊ stər/
a person who proposes or joins in a toast to someone or something.
1695-1705; toast2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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a device for toasting bread, usually electric, and often equipped with an automatic timer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toaster

1580s, agent noun from toast (v.1). Electrical type is from 1913. In reference to a person who proposes or pledges a drinking toast, from 1704 (from toast (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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toaster in Technology

1. The archetypal really stupid application for an embedded microprocessor controller; often used in comments that imply that a scheme is inappropriate technology (but see elevator controller). "DWIM for an assembler? That'd be as silly as running Unix on your toaster!"
2. A very, very dumb computer. "You could run this program on any dumb toaster."
See bitty box, Get a real computer!, toy, beige toaster.
3. A Macintosh, especially the Classic Mac. Some hold that this is implied by sense 2.
4. A peripheral device. "I bought my box without toasters, but since then I've added two boards and a second disk drive".
This is not usually to be taken literally but, to show off the expansion capabilities of the Risc PC, Acorn Computers Ltd. built a seven-slice machine (which they called "the rocket-ship") and installed every imaginable peripheral. In a spare drive bay of the top slice they installed a toaster. This machine was exhibited at various shows where it attracted attention by occasionally ejecting a pizza.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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