Definition of input in English:



  • 1[mass noun] What is put in, taken in, or operated on by any process or system.

    ‘there is little input from other members of the team’
    ‘data input’
    • ‘The receivers of environmental inputs are the various types of plants.’
    • ‘Constructed wetlands have advantages over other means of treating waste water because they require little energy, chemical input or maintenance.’
    • ‘I think it has to do with your neural net being over-trained to process a particular input, so that when it attempts to process new input, it keeps finding the old patterns.’
    • ‘On the contrary, sensory input is essential for knowledge of the body and the external world.’
    • ‘Elements within the system interact with one another and with external inputs.’
    • ‘The portion of the brain that processes visual input and interprets the messages that the eye sends is called the visual cortex.’
    • ‘Without the ability to measure the inputs and outputs of health systems, they cannot know if the reforms achieve their objectives.’
    • ‘This, then, allows them to say how much each type of input has contributed to the growth rate of the economy.’
    • ‘They propose removing health economic input into a separate process conducted away from the discussion of the meaning of the clinical evidence.’
    • ‘Technology decisions concern the set of procedures for transforming inputs into services or products.’
    • ‘Consequently, we must compare inputs to the health care system with outcomes of the wider health system.’
    • ‘It demonstrates that there is both unconscious and conscious processing of sensory input.’
    • ‘This second category of inputs in the labour relations system will be examined in the forthcoming article.’
    • ‘The nervous system depends on sensory input, such as that from the eye.’
    • ‘It is an unavoidable fact that one of the consequences of increasing the external energy input to an ecosystem is an increase in population.’
    • ‘Mental function is altered so that perception of all sensory input - visual, auditory, tactile or olfactory - is distorted.’
    • ‘The systemic outputs of the organizations are then expressed as inputs to other systems.’
    1. 1.1A contribution of work or information.
      ‘her input on issues was appreciated’
      • ‘He thanked fellow officers and members for their wonderful input and contribution.’
      • ‘Reduced labour input and feed costs can be achieved by going down the route of feeding chopped straw as part of winter diets.’
      • ‘I feel the commissioners should have been involved in having some input to the traffic management plan.’
      • ‘They believed the only reason development was not working was the lack of professional input: if we provided this, poverty would magically vanish.’
      • ‘The project also involves extensive stakeholder input from the public and private sectors.’
      • ‘Even more, we'd love your input about the last issue I discussed, this distributed or open-source journalism.’
      • ‘This means that those of us who need the information will have critical input into developing the information as well as having a voice in designing how the information gets back to us.’
      • ‘Your Board of Directors seeks your input on this issue.’
      • ‘It shows that, on average, women contribute 13% to total labour input in farming.’
      • ‘We would say to them that we valued their input and contribution, and we would reward it through a lower tax system that showed that we thought they were important.’
      • ‘He also stressed the importance of reducing labour input from the current level of 45 hours per cow per year to 25 hours.’
      • ‘Having this type of input contributes to a team feeling.’
      • ‘Is it really that difficult to inform students of proposed changes and seek their input on these issues?’
      • ‘But there are issues about the local input into decision-making.’
      • ‘The highest labour input is on farms in the south and east.’
      • ‘In this issue we are particularly requesting your input about people involved in chemical engineering, law, forestry and history.’
      • ‘Questions were directed at students who were particularly vocal on the audiotapes, but other students were free to walk up and contribute input to the questions as they wished.’
      • ‘I encourage students to participate and provide input on the affairs of the municipality which affect them directly.’
      • ‘I decided my input would involve cooking enough rice to make the stew go far enough to feed the troops.’
      • ‘I feel I could contribute much input on the current controversy of meds being passed in our group homes.’
      input into, participation in, involvement in
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    2. 1.2Energy supplied to a device or system; an electrical signal.
      ‘the input is a low-frequency signal’
      • ‘They all produce signals; and believe it or not, our input to the devices, and their output, create modulations which can be ‘read’.’
      • ‘The upside of this setup is that it can accept either balanced or unbalanced signal input.’
      • ‘Slices of rat hippocampus were stimulated with electrical signals, millions of times over, until they could be sure which electrical input produces a corresponding output.’
      • ‘This consistency in relations between input and signal allows a looser definition that does not depend on the fixity or otherwise of channels.’
      • ‘The Torsen system is a unique approach to AWD in that it does not rely on electrical input, clutches or wheel slippage to operate.’
      • ‘The return loss bridge can also be used as a signal combiner to combine two inputs to a single output.’
    3. 1.3The action of putting something in.
      ‘the input of data to the system’
      • ‘These strengths make them ideal for certain IT work, such as computer programming or data input, which many people find boring, she said.’
      • ‘It's a phrase that could apply to how corporate leaders make decisions as readily as it does to the results of computer-data input.’
      • ‘In mitigation, overcharging customers due to an incorrect computer input is not a hanging offence.’
      • ‘The suspect is in charge of data input and software operations at a company, police said.’
      • ‘About the same time I was told that the paper tape as a means of computer input was dead, too.’
      • ‘It finally allowed efficient input into computers in a format which modern man could understand.’
    4. 1.4The information put into a computer.
      • ‘The guidance head switched from setting to setting, feeding its input to the computer.’
      • ‘She could ‘type’ as fast as Jimmie's computer could accept the input.’
      • ‘The mouse is probably the most important computer input item you'll use in your lifetime, and the right mouse will mean a lot to your computing comfort.’
      • ‘This is the kind of error - where the computer simply ignores your input silently - that I find more frustrating than any other.’
      • ‘As well as being used for text input, the device will also allow users to navigate the desktop and browse the web.’
      • ‘As they made their adjustments, a computer stored their input and later created a blueprint of the results.’
      • ‘The LL-T2015 can accept input from three different computers using an optional connection cable.’
      • ‘A functional computer needs input and output devices, memory, data to work on, and a program that defines how the data are handled.’
      • ‘The IBD application folder contains example files and a manual with more detailed information on input file formats.’
      • ‘This information may simply include input device data and timestamps.’
      • ‘The computer rejected his input with a loud beep and he slammed his fists against the smooth, light-silver barrier with anger.’
      • ‘Instead they provide input into a computer that issues commands to the components.’
      • ‘A perfect computer takes the input and gives the desired output.’
      • ‘The movements in your neck are instantly translated into mouse-compatible input to the computer.’
      data, details, material, resources
      facts, figures, information, statistics, particulars, specifics
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  • 2Electronics
    A place where, or a device through which, energy or information enters a system.

    ‘the signal being fed through the main input’
    • ‘Both sets ship with a remote control unit with auxiliary sound inputs and a headphone socket.’
    • ‘Others have the inputs for recording audio from external devices like cassette players.’
    • ‘To monitor all of this, the channels for all of the live inputs had to be record-enabled.’
    • ‘There are analogue and digital inputs as well as s-video and component video.’
    • ‘If your television has a number of video inputs, it is better to go direct and not add extra cabling.’


  • Put (data) into a computer.

    ‘test results can be inputted by the technician in the laboratory’
    • ‘Therefore at around this time, all book entries were being inputted onto the computer system on a daily basis.’
    • ‘He also expressed concern about the way police in England and Wales were inputting data on to the Police National Computer about offenders, particularly details of arrests and summonses.’
    • ‘Operators ask 999 callers questions, and input responses into a computer.’
    • ‘The new sales-commission structure is too complicated for the current finance application, so several staffers have been calculating percentages and inputting payments by hand.’
    • ‘As numbers added up they were inputted into computer databases - spewing out vote by ballot box after ballot box and available for all to see on the wall behind the tally centre through a projector aid.’
    • ‘For quick input, the stylus isn't terrible, but writing long e-mails or even inputting several contacts can be grueling.’
    • ‘Has anyone else had problems receiving the confirmation e-mail once inputting your e-mail address for the registration?’
    • ‘A reader informed us of an internal Revenue memo he had seen that told of Revenue staff printing off Internet-submitted forms and then inputting them manually into another computer.’
    • ‘Errors can be easily be made in not saving information that has been input.’
    • ‘Lucinda pressed a few buttons on her console, bring up menus, pressing buttons and inputting data.’
    • ‘We spent the first few months inputting the customer data before going onto the next phase.’
    • ‘The data collected have been inputted into a searchable database.’
    • ‘After inputting the data, the company was satisfied with the program's ability to model the complex organic shapes of the human heart and its surrounding arterial tree.’
    • ‘Compensation awards in settled cases and by judges since January 2003 are being inputted into the computerised system.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We are determined inputting data on to the police national computer should be improved.’’
    • ‘Henry explained that consumers now need to validate websites before inputting their personal data.’
    • ‘A clever feature makes it possible for people to adjust the temperature in each area from their computers by inputting a code printed on the nearest duct.’
    • ‘There have been delays in setting up the intelligence system and little or no improvement in inputting details of arrests or summonses on the Police National Computer.’
    • ‘As you can see, some of these command-line commands can get downright Byzantine when you're inputting a lot of parameters!’
    • ‘Work on inputting the details for the Single Payment database was well advanced.’
    feed in, put in, load, insert
    key in, type in
    code, capture, process, store
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