[ pros-es-er or, esp. British, proh-ses- ]
/ ˈprɒs ɛs ər or, esp. British, ˈproʊ sɛs- /


a person or thing that processes.
  1. a controller, the key component of a computing device that contains the circuitry necessary to interpret and execute electrical signals fed into the device.
  2. a computer.
Sometimes proc·ess·er.

Origin of processor

First recorded in 1905–10; process + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for processor


/ (ˈprəʊsɛsə) /


computing another name for central processing unit
a person or thing that carries out a process
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Word Origin and History for processor



1909, agent noun in Latin form from process (v.). Data processor is from 1957; word processor is from 1973; food processor in the kitchen appliance sense also is from 1973.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for processor


[ prŏsĕs′ər, prōsĕs′- ]

A part of a computer, such as the central processing unit, that performs calculations or other manipulations of data.
A program that translates another program into a form acceptable by the computer being used.
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