word processing

or word-proc·ess·ing


writing, editing, and production of documents, as letters, reports, and books, through the use of a computer program or a complete computer system designed to facilitate rapid and efficient manipulation of text. Abbreviation: WP

Origin of word processing

First recorded in 1970–75
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Examples from the Web for word processing

Contemporary Examples of word processing

  • I ended up using the Comment function in my word-processing software to house the Eric and Jen exchanges.

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    How I Write: Doug Dorst

    Noah Charney

    February 26, 2014

  • Instead of opening a word-processing program on our own computers, we used a browser to open Google's word processor.

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    Google's War on the PC

    Douglas Rushkoff

    July 8, 2009

Historical Examples of word processing

British Dictionary definitions for word processing

word processing


the composition of documents using a computer system to input, edit, store, and print them
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