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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMPUTER

Of course Ned was a perfect shot—so would I be with a computer for a brain.

Start — When this switch is operated, the computer will start.

Banasel was whistling tunelessly as he set up readings on a computer.

The or is simply one stroke, or one stick laid down by the computer.

It would be something like a computer; that was as far as he was able to go.

What's up above is only what was needed to operate the computer.

Steve, as a computer, you're a blinding flash and a deafening report!

He blacked out as if he'd been a computer suddenly deprived of power.

"I was following the computer," said Kraybo, in a slightly wavering voice.

The weak points were traps; the computer could see them and avoid them.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, "one who calculates," agent noun from compute (v.). Meaning "calculating machine" (of any type) is from 1897; in modern use, "programmable digital electronic computer" (1945 under this name; theoretical from 1937, as Turing machine). ENIAC (1946) usually is considered the first. Computer literacy is recorded from 1970; an attempt to establish computerate (adjective, on model of literate) in this sense in the early 1980s didn't catch on. Computerese "the jargon of programmers" is from 1960, as are computerize and computerization.

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