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Computer   /kəmpjˈutər/   Listen

A machine for performing calculations automatically.  Synonyms: computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system.
An expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines).  Synonyms: calculator, estimator, figurer, reckoner.

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"Computer" Quotes from Famous Books

... Youngsters—with nearly one hundred per cent morbidity and one hundred per cent mortality. Adults—less than fifty per cent morbidity—and again one hundred per cent mortality. What makes the other fifty per cent immune? Your crack about leather lungs started me thinking—so I fed the data cards into the computer and keyed them for smoking versus incidence. And I found that not one heavy smoker had died of Thurston's Disease. Light smokers and nonsmokers—plenty of them—but not one single nicotine addict. And there were over ten thousand randomized cards ...
— Pandemic • Jesse Franklin Bone

... original was probably entered on cards commonly known at the time as "IBM cards" (Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate) and probably took in excess of 100,000 of them. A single card could hold 80 characters (hence 80 characters is an accepted standard for so many computer margins), and the entire original edition we received in all caps was over 800,000 chars in length, including line enumeration, symbols for caps and the punctuation marks, etc., since they were not available ...
— Paradise Lost • John Milton

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