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central processing unit


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of a computer that interprets and executes instructions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a computer that fetches, decodes and executes instructions; attached directly to the memory. Abbreviated: CPU.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing


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