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noun
  1. a compact computer that uses a microprocessor and is designed for individual use, as by a person in an office or at home or school, for such applications as word processing, data management, financial analysis, or computer games. Abbreviation: PC
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Origin of personal computer

First recorded in 1975–80
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personal computer

noun
  1. a small inexpensive computer used in word processing, playing computer games, etc
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personal computer in Science

personal computer

[pûrsə-nəl]
  1. A computer built around a microprocessor for use by an individual. Personal computers have their own operating systems, software, and peripherals, and can generally be linked to networks. Compare mainframe.
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personal computer in Culture

personal computer

A computer typically used in the home, office, or school. Also a generic term for a PC Microsoft® operating system.

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