[ meyn-freym ]
/ ˈmeɪnˌfreɪm /
a large computer, often the hub of a system serving many users.
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Examples from the Web for mainframe
Just like he was lasered into the mainframe, Flynn is beamed out, with proof that Dillinger stole the videogames he invented.
Since the poem was written, the darker side of personal and mainframe computers has given the poem a more sinister meaning.The Little Daisy Girl and other poems|Jacquelyn Hedge-Cheney
British Dictionary definitions for mainframe
/ (ˈmeɪnˌfreɪm) /
- a high-speed general-purpose computer, usually with a large storage capacity
- (as modifier)mainframe systems
the central processing unit of a computer
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Science definitions for mainframe
[ mān′frām′ ]
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
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