1956, micro- + computer. Noun

microcomputer (plural microcomputers)

  1. (computer hardware) A computer designed around a microprocessor, smaller than a minicomputer or a mainframe.
    • 1956, Isaac Asimov, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, v 11, July 7, New York: Fantasy House, p 9:
      In recent years, it had become the hallmark of the scientist, much as the stethoscope was that of the physician and the microcomputer that of the statistician.
    • 1985, Micro Communications
      The operation has installed nine Cygnet CoSystems, computerphones that send memos, letters, and even whole files from one microcomputer to another.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: microordinateur
  • German: Mikrorechner
  • Portuguese: microcomputador
  • Russian: микрокомпью́тер
  • Spanish: microcomputadora

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