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abbreviation Computers.
central processing unit: the key component of a computer system, which contains the circuitry necessary to interpret and execute program instructions.
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Also called central processor, microprocessor .

Origin of CPU

First recorded in 1965–70

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British Dictionary definitions for CPU

CPU
/ computing /

abbreviation for
central processing unit
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Scientific definitions for CPU

CPU

Abbreviation of central processing unit
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Cultural definitions for CPU

CPU

An abbreviation for central processing unit. The “brain” of a computer, the CPU is where data manipulation actually takes place. The results of these manipulations are then stored in the computer memory. Microprocessors perform this function in personal computers.

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