central processing unit: the key component of a computer system, which contains the circuitry necessary to interpret and execute program instructions.
- Also called central processor, microprocessor .
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If those funds do not appear, the capability of the system will remain far less than the presence of the large CPU would suggest.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969 | H. W. Fulbright et al.
British Dictionary definitions for CPU
central processing unit
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Scientific definitions for CPU
Abbreviation of central processing unit
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