Definition of personal computer in English:

personal computer

(also PC)


  • A computer designed for use by one person at a time.

    • ‘By now, tens of millions of personal computers are in use across the planet.’
    • ‘An analogous case occurred with the development in the commercial world of mainframe and personal computers.’
    • ‘Today personal computers fill the office with, typically, one computer per user.’
    • ‘If you buy either of these, you're getting some of the fastest personal computers available.’
    • ‘In the past, when a disk drive was updated in a personal computer, the old disk drive was thrown away.’
    • ‘All that a small organization needs to have is a personal computer, a modem and telephone line and the necessary software.’
    • ‘It is used in personal computers and servers for low-speed system management communications.’
    • ‘Now I can point out yet another reason to use anti-virus and spyware protection on personal computers.’
    • ‘The unfortunate part is that those databases are located on personal computers and are not easily shared among users.’
    • ‘Neither the personal computer nor the hand calculator had been developed yet.’
    • ‘Students use personal computers in their own workstation suites half of every day.’
    • ‘A personal computer and touch-screen software was taken from each booth.’
    • ‘Disk space on a desktop personal computer couldn't handle the volume being churned out.’
    • ‘Both services were initially designed as low-cost alternatives to personal computers.’
    • ‘In the last few decades, researchers enabled personal computers to emit spatial audio.’
    • ‘Millions of personal computers now come with this technology built in.’
    • ‘Content can be transferred to personal computers and portable players.’
    • ‘Almost every game playable on a personal computer allows for keyboard control.’
    • ‘The focus of this paper is primarily the privacy of individuals using personal computers in a home environment and on the Internet.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the Internet and the personal computer are designed for the storing and exchanging of data, not for its security.’
    workstation, vdu, visual display unit, pc, input device, output device
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personal computer