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com‧put‧er S1 W1 [countable]
TD an electronic machine that stores information and uses programs to help you find, organize, or change the information:
A message flashed up on my computer screen.
recent problems with hospital computer systems
on computer
The information is stored on computer.
by computer
Shoppers can send in their orders by computer and pick up their goods later.
computer software/program/application
the latest computer software
computer games (=games that you play on a computer) for children
the use of computer graphics (=pictures and images created by computers) in film
the development of computer technology
a huge global computer network
WORD FOCUS: computer WORD FOCUS: computer
people who work with computers: user, programmer, web designer, IT person, software engineer, (systems) analyst, administrator, webmaster, helpdesk, techie informal, geek disapproving informal

someone who tries to break into a computer system: hacker, cracker

things you do with your computer: start up/power up your computer
a file or document
click on
an icon
cut and paste
pieces of text
files or programs
scroll up and down
the page
things you do not want
files or pictures from the Internet
CDs or DVDs
a file or document
your work
shut down
your computer

computer problems: bug, virus, error, corrupted file/data, crash, worm
computer Internet, email, personal computer, laptop, palmtop, PDA