or thru·put

[throo-poo t]
  1. the quantity or amount of raw material processed within a given time, especially the work done by an electronic computer in a given period of time.

Origin of throughput

1920–25; from phrase put through, modeled on output Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the quantity of raw material or information processed or communicated in a given period, esp by a computer
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Word Origin and History for throughput

"energy, activity," 1808, Scottish slang; from through + put. Industrial sense is from 1915.

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