central processing unit: the key component of a computer system, which contains the circuitry necessary to interpret and execute program instructions.
Origin of CPU
First recorded in 1965–70
Also called central processor, microprocessor.
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central processing unit
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by 1970, abbreviation of central processing unit.
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Abbreviation of central processing unit
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