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central processing unit: the key component of a computer system, which contains the circuitry necessary to interpret and execute program instructions.
central processing unit

by 1970, abbreviation of central processing unit.
Abbreviation of central processing unit

An abbreviation for central processing unit. The “brain” of a computer, the CPU is where data manipulation actually takes place. The results of these manipulations are then stored in the computer memory. Microprocessors perform this function in personal computers.

central processing unit
central processing unit


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