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[mahy-kroh-kuh m-pyoo-ter]
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  1. a compact computer, with less capacity and capability than a minicomputer, consisting of a microprocessor and other components.
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Origin of microcomputer

First recorded in 1970–75; micro- + computer
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Related Words for microcomputer

laptop, workstation, minicomputer, hardware, modem, supercomputer, clone, brain, calculator, mini, CPU, PC, mac, mainframe, abacus, microcomputer, analog, computer, Macintosh, palmtop

British Dictionary definitions for microcomputer


  1. a small computer in which the central processing unit is contained in one or more silicon chipsSometimes shortened to: micro
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Word Origin and History for microcomputer


1971, from micro- + computer.

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