Definition of input in US English:

input

noun

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

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

verb

[with object]
  • Put (data) into a computer.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Compensation awards in settled cases and by judges since January 2003 are being inputted into the computerised system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We are determined inputting data on to the police national computer should be improved.’’
    • ‘Therefore at around this time, all book entries were being inputted onto the computer system on a daily basis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We spent the first few months inputting the customer data before going onto the next phase.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Has anyone else had problems receiving the confirmation e-mail once inputting your e-mail address for the registration?’
    • ‘Lucinda pressed a few buttons on her console, bring up menus, pressing buttons and inputting data.’
    • ‘Errors can be easily be made in not saving information that has been input.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Operators ask 999 callers questions, and input responses into a computer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Henry explained that consumers now need to validate websites before inputting their personal data.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The data collected have been inputted into a searchable database.’
    feed in, put in, load, insert
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Pronunciation

input

/ˈinˌpo͝ot//ˈɪnˌpʊt/