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[mahy-kroh-in-struhk-shuh n]
noun Computers.
  1. an instruction that defines part of a machine-language instruction in terms of simpler operations.
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Origin of microinstruction

First recorded in 1955–60; micro- + instruction
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British Dictionary definitions for microinstruction


  1. computing an instruction produced within an arithmetic and logic unit in accordance with a microprogram, that activates a particular circuit to perform part of the operation specified by a machine instruction
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Word Origin and History for microinstruction


1959, from micro- + instruction.

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