a large computer, often the hub of a system serving many users.
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How to use mainframe in a sentence
Every few decades, a platform shift occurs—such as that from mainframes to PCs and the internet, or the subsequent evolution to mobile and cloud computing.The Metaverse Will Reshape Our Lives. Let's Make Sure It's for the Better | Matthew Ball | July 18, 2022 | Time
In 1981, her junior year, she spent $800 of her own money on a 1,200-baud modem so that she could code through the night from her shared apartment, feeding her code into the mainframe.
Also known as microchips, they were revolutionizing electronics and computing, contributing to the gradual miniaturization of computers from mainframes to today’s smartphones.Core memory weavers and Navajo women made the Apollo missions possible | Joy Lisi Rankin | February 18, 2022 | Science News
The earliest programs, gawkish code running on ungainly mainframes, were woodpushers, capable of playing chess technically but not well.We Taught Computers To Play Chess — And Then They Left Us Behind | Oliver Roeder | January 25, 2022 | FiveThirtyEight
The clunky mainframe was “miraculously patched together, at considerable cost, to get us through the pandemic surge,” the state’s governor said in his December 2020 budget proposal, which sought to replace the system.How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic | by Cezary Podkul | July 26, 2021 | ProPublica
The United Nations was prompted to impose a ban on selling mainframe computers or laptops to North Korea.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel | Michael Daly | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With some maneuvering, he and Tron take over the MCP and kill Sark, proving they're the most badass guys in the 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
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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Scientific definitions for mainframe
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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Cultural definitions for mainframe
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