central processing unit definition

  • noun:
    • The section of a computer that interprets and executes instructions.
    • The part of a pc that fetches, decodes and executes directions; affixed straight to the memory. Abbreviated: Central Processing Unit.
    • (computer research) the section of some type of computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the information processing
    • The element of a pc that interprets and executes instructions.
    • The part of some type of computer that fetches, decodes and executes instructions; attached straight to the memory. Abbreviated: CPU.
    • (computer system research) the element of a pc (a microprocessor chip) that does all the data handling
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