central processing unit
central processing unit definition by Webster's New World
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the part of a computer that controls its overall activity, as by executing instructions and performing logical operations
central processing unit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Abbr. CPUThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The part of a computer that interprets and executes instructions.
central processing unit - Computer Definition
central processing unit - Science Definition
The part of a computer that interprets and carries out instructions provided by the software. It tests and manipulates data, and transfers information to and from other components, such as the working memory, disk drive, monitor, and keyboard. The central processing units of personal computers are generally implemented on a single chip, called a microprocessor .