mainframe

[meyn-freym]
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Origin of mainframe

First recorded in 1960–65; main1 + frame
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Contemporary Examples of mainframe

  • With some maneuvering, he and Tron take over the MCP and kill Sark, proving they're the most badass guys in the mainframe.

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    Alex Berg

    December 16, 2010

  • Just like he was lasered into the mainframe, Flynn is beamed out, with proof that Dillinger stole the videogames he invented.

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    Alex Berg

    December 16, 2010

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British Dictionary definitions for mainframe

mainframe

noun
    1. a high-speed general-purpose computer, usually with a large storage capacity
    2. (as modifier)mainframe systems
  1. the central processing unit of a computer
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Word Origin and History for mainframe
n.

"central processor of a computer system," 1964, from main (adj.) + frame (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mainframe in Science

mainframe

[mānfrām′]
  1. A large, often powerful computer, usually dedicated to lengthy, complex calculations or set up for use by many people simultaneously. Compare personal computer.
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mainframe in Culture

mainframe

A large, powerful computer system. A mainframe computer typically carries out complex calculations and is shared by many users. (Compare personal computer.)

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