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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Origin of CPU
First recorded in 1965–70
Words nearby CPU
, CPT theorem
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British Dictionary definitions for CPU
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Scientific definitions for CPU
Abbreviation of central processing unit
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Cultural definitions for 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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