[ out-poot ]
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  1. the act of turning out; production: the factory's output of cars; artistic output.

  2. the quantity or amount produced, as in a given time: to increase one's daily output.

  1. the material produced or yield; product.

  2. the current, voltage, power, or signal produced by an electrical or electronic circuit or device.: Compare input (def. 4).

  3. Computers.

    • information in a form suitable for transmission from internal to external units of a computer, or to an outside medium.

    • the process of transferring data from internal storage to an external medium, as paper or microfilm.

  4. the power or force produced by a machine.

verb (used with or without object),out·put·ted or out·put, out·put·ting.
  1. Computers. to transfer (information) from internal storage to an external medium.

  2. to produce; turn out.

Origin of output

First recorded in 1855–60; out- + put

Other words from output

  • su·per·out·put, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for output


/ (ˈaʊtˌpʊt) /

  1. the act of production or manufacture

  2. Also called: outturn the amount produced, as in a given period: a high weekly output

  1. the material produced, manufactured, yielded, etc

  2. electronics

    • the power, voltage, or current delivered by a circuit or component

    • the point at which the signal is delivered

  3. the power, energy, or work produced by an engine or a system

  4. computing

    • the information produced by a computer

    • the operations and devices involved in producing this information: See also input/output

  5. (modifier) of or relating to electronic, computer, or other output: output signal; output device; output tax

verb-puts, -putting, -put or -putted (tr)
  1. computing to cause (data) to be emitted as output

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Scientific definitions for output


[ output′ ]

  1. The energy, power, or work produced by a system or device.

  2. The information that a computer produces by processing a specific input. Compare input device.

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