Definition of output in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The amount of something produced by a person, machine, or industry.

    ‘output from the mine ceased in May’
    [count noun] ‘efficiency can lead to higher outputs’
    • ‘It seems like a natural cycle that happens every summer and some good creative output follows it.’
    • ‘It means you get the same amount of output with less work, but it does mean you need to find ways of assuring the confidence in the future that will enable businesses and individuals to spend.’
    • ‘The production index for industry output contracted by 0.26% in the second quarter compared with the previous three months.’
    • ‘By 1945 South Africa's industrial output had nearly doubled, most growth occurring in mining, steel, and textiles.’
    • ‘Between 1995 and 2001 output in the industry doubled and employment rose from less than 100,000 to 180,000.’
    • ‘For example, total sales of computer manufacturers do not necessarily tell much about industry output or labor productivity.’
    • ‘Producing around six hundred films per year, the industry organized its output around stars and genres.’
    • ‘All religious output, a substantial amount of radio drama and contributions to network current affairs are also Manchester-made and the BBC has an orchestra here.’
    • ‘In 1945 fully half the world's industrial output was produced there.’
    • ‘The volume of industry output for the third quarter rose 3% compared with the same period last year.’
    • ‘Agricultural production from the basin represents 41 per cent of the national output from rural industries.’
    • ‘It is a significant achievement that copper output at the mine is set to increase by over 50 per cent from the current levels.’
    • ‘Irish agriculture has to export 80% of its total output, including a substantial amount of our output to countries outside of the European Union.’
    • ‘Overall the total volume of industrial output for the three months was up by 0.5% on the previous quarter.’
    • ‘For small business owners, it means that fewer workers may be required to produce the same amount of output in the future.’
    • ‘Judging by their amount of output, however, you might just think that.’
    • ‘One of the only sectors that did not experience falling output was the auto industry, which increased production by 2.4 percent in May.’
    • ‘The search to increase the amount of product or output while incurring less effort or risk has been a theme of our military's development since its conception.’
    • ‘From France, however, he continued his creative output, producing essays and plays in addition to novels.’
    • ‘In the first half, the city's gross domestic product grew by 15 per cent, with industry output rising by 22.5 per cent.’
    production, product, amount produced, quantity produced, yield, harvest, return, volume, gross national product, gross domestic product, out-turn, achievement, accomplishment, solutions
    works, writings, creation, oeuvre
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    1. 1.1The action or process of producing something.
      ‘the output of certain hormones under stress’
      • ‘This vitamin can potentially increase growth hormone output associated with hard training.’
      • ‘At least on poor soils, a plant under attack may be able to make the best of a bad situation by skimping on seed production and investing more in the cheaper process of pollen output..’
      • ‘The small island economy could not compete with larger centres for processing output.’
      • ‘The output of social housing has failed to make real inroads into affordability.’
    2. 1.2The power, energy, or other results supplied by a device or system.
      ‘high voltage output: 50–250 amps’
      • ‘Cascading the device also increases voltage output.’
      • ‘I have found the TV output on this machine to be flawless.’
      • ‘As a group they would stand back, observe the machine's output and then discuss minute adjustments to be executed with a screwdriver.’
      • ‘For example, what output should the machine produce if you ask it for the logarithm of 0 or - 1?’
      • ‘Similarly, machine output can be garbled or human eye or ear may misperceive a result as it appears on a small screen.’
  • 2Electronics
    A place where power or information leaves a system.

    • ‘These highly flexible DC power systems can be configured with up to four outputs with a maximum power of 600W per output.’
    • ‘Additional system inputs and outputs accommodate the attachment of such peripheral devices as dials, conveyors, and indexing apparatus for high-volume production.’
    • ‘The rear panel is perfectly standard, carrying digital and analog audio outputs, interface and power connectors, and a jumper with pins.’
    • ‘At the rear panel, there are analog and digital audio outputs, power and interface connectors, a jumper with pins for setting the status of the drive on an IDE channel, and a jumper for factory testing.’
    • ‘The 1.8 litre unit, in contrast, gives no less than three power outputs: 118, 135 and 160 bhp respectively.’


  • (of a computer or other device) produce, deliver, or supply (data)

    ‘you can output the image directly to a video recording system’
    • ‘Like the output, you can only use one video input at any given time, and which one you use will depend on how the video (VCR or camcorder) is being outputted into the input block.’
    • ‘The analysts and critics have all been outputting their views as to the reason why the West Indies came out of the game with such distinction.’
    • ‘The original sound is generated by a voice output device such as an earphone, the original image information is outputted on a display such as a CRT, and the digitally coded original data to a page printer or the like.’
    • ‘In order for the environment to be effective, it must impact on an appropriate neurobiological substrate capable of sensing, coding, storing, manipulating, and finally outputting the environmental input.’
    • ‘It is well matched with creating, transforming and outputting digital images of a photographic nature which share common pixels in a bitmap.’
    • ‘Also, the counter circuit stops outputting the read clock to the buffer for a time period corresponding to the number of lost cells.’
    • ‘For example, the cameras output a video signal over dedicated coaxial cables.’
    • ‘The printer converts the image data outputted from the image providing device into print data.’
    • ‘This may be accomplished by outputting a control signal so that the switch means skips cycles in the alternating current or by otherwise adjusting the operation of the switch means.’
    • ‘Like posters, they are good color reproductions - computer printouts that can be outputted while you are at lunch.’
    • ‘Headphones are included, and while they're not high quality headphones, the sound when plugged into the headphone jack is much better than the sound outputted by the rear speaker.’
    • ‘I could care less if it's outputting a US standard.’
    • ‘Thereby, color space compression is unnecessary when outputting an image from each output device, and output images from output devices have the same color tone.’
    • ‘But, if you are outputting a simple animation or movie, there are some good tools provided.’
    • ‘Second, attached via an analog cable, an LCD monitor digitizes the image before outputting it and thus has an inborn immunity to the distortions of the front of the signal, i.e. to the blur which would be noticeable on a CRT monitor.’
    • ‘The outputs of these designed minds are constrained, and they are only outputted as the consequence of appropriate inputs.’
    • ‘The query result is outputted from an output node and transferred to the application program.’
    • ‘Each detector outputs a signal representative of an amount of light it receives.’
    • ‘This was done by outputting data to punched cards which could be read in again at a later stage when needed.’