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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In early 1977, they founded Apple Computer which quickly became one of the dominant forces in the personal-computer field.From the Archives: Steve Jobs on the Birth of the Mac|Tom Zito|October 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for personal computer
a small inexpensive computer used in word processing, playing computer games, etc
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Scientific definitions for personal computer
[ pûr′sə-nəl ]
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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Cultural definitions for personal computer
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