mainframe

[meyn-freym]

noun Computers.

a large computer, often the hub of a system serving many users.

Nearby words

  1. maine,
  2. maine coon,
  3. maine coon cat,
  4. maine-et-loire,
  5. mainer,
  6. mainland,
  7. mainland china,
  8. mainlander,
  9. mainline,
  10. mainliner


Origin of mainframe

First recorded in 1960–65; main1 + frame

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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
the central processing unit of a computer
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Word Origin and History for mainframe

mainframe

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for mainframe

mainframe

[mānfrām′]

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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Culture definitions for mainframe

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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