1. [syn: personal computer, PC, microcomputer]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
personal computer \personal computer\ n.
1. (Computers) A computer designed for use by one person
at a time; -- contrasted with shared-time computers such
as a mainframe, server or minicomputer, which may be
accessed by multiple users each operating from a different
input device (in the 1990's, usually a terminal or
personal computer). A personal computer typically uses a
microprocessor for its CPU.
Syn: PC, microcomputer.
[WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small digital computer based on a microprocessor and
designed to be used by one person at a time [syn: personal
computer, PC, microcomputer]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
(PC) A general-purpose single-user microcomputer
designed to be operated by one person at a time.
This term and the concept has been successfully hijacked by
IBM due to the huge market share of the IBM PC, despite
its many obvious weaknesses when compared to other equally
valid claimants to the term, e.g. the Acorn Archimedes,
Amiga, Atari, Macintosh.