from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Output or production, as of a computer program, over a period of time.

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  • noun operations The rate of production; the rate at which something can be processed.
  • noun networking The rate at which data is transferred through a system.

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  • noun output relative to input; the amount passing through a system from input to output (especially of a computer program over a period of time)


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From through +‎ put.


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  • "Here at Costco it is possible to see the enormous throughput of the economy—its capacity to mobilize resources and energy and turn out waste. One store manager, on the floor for fourteen years, tells me he has seen eight pallets of paper towels move out the door in a single day. . . . I can hear the sound of chain saws laying off as falling trees cut the air somewhere high in the Cascades."

    — Steven Stoll, "Fear of Fallowing: The Specter of a No-Growth World," Harper's Magazine (March 2008).

    March 13, 2008

  • Universities have begun using this word to describe a department's number of grads. At my old school, the philosophy department is suffering from low throughput and may get axed.

    May 26, 2009

  • Wow. This word is fairly barfmaking.

    May 26, 2009