Babbage [ bab-ij ] SHOW IPA / ˈbæb ɪdʒ / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Charles, 1792–1871, English mathematician: invented the precursor of the modern computer.
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How to use Babbage in a sentence
Babbage had the idea for his first Difference Engine, the predecessor of the modern computer. Babbage never had the chance to complete his groundbreaking calculating machine.
Babbage's vision grew ever more expansive, the government invested over £17,000 ($28,000). Babbage, Herschel, Whewell, and Jones set out on massive projects to collect and make sense of vast data sets.
Babbage dreamed up a machine that could churn through and make sense of this information.
There's the widow
Babbage, down to Dock: she always had a hankering for you.
Man's name was
Babbage, and they hadn't been married six months afore he tumbled into a brine-vat and was drowned.
Babbage makes a very useless parade here of his calculating machine.
Babbage good-humouredly observed that, thus far, he had been very much out of pocket with it.
Economy of time, which
Babbage accounts a separate economy, is rightly included in the economies just named. British Dictionary definitions for Babbage noun Charles 1792–1871, English mathematician and inventor, who built a calculating machine that anticipated the modern electronic computer
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Scientific definitions for Babbage British mathematician who is considered a pioneer of computer science. In 1837 Babbage described an idea for the analytical engine, a machine that could be programmed with punched cards to perform complex calculations. Although Babbage never finished building the analytical engine, his idea is recognized as the forerunner of the modern computer.
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