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 for computer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Computer \Com*put"er\ (k[o^]m*p[=u]t"[~e]r), n.
     1. One who computes.
  
     2. (Computers) an electronic device for performing
        calculations automatically. It consists of a clock to
        provide voltage pulses to synchronize the operations of
        the devices within the computer, a central processing
        unit, where the arithmetical and logical operations are
        performed on data, a random-access memory, where the
        programs and data are stored for rapid access, devices to
        input data and output results, and various other
        peripheral devices of widely varied function, as well as
        circuitry to support the main operations.
  
     Note: This modern sense of computer comprises the
           stored-program computers, in which multiple steps in a
           calculation may be stored within the computer itself as
           instructions in a program, and are then executed by
           the computer without further intervention of the
           operator. Different types of computer are variously
           called analog computer, number cruncher,
           number-cruncher, digital computer, and pari-mutuel
           machine, totalizer, totaliser, totalizator,
           totalisator.
  
     Syn: data processor, electronic computer, information
          processing system.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
  
     3. (Computers) same as digital computer.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  electronic device \electronic device\ n.
     a device depending on the principles of electronics and using
     the manipulation of electron flow for its operation.
     [PJC]
  
     Note: Numerous electronic devices are in daily use, among
           them the television, radio, computer, robot,
           transmitter, receiver, VCR, CD player, etc.
           [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  computer
      n 1: a machine for performing calculations automatically [syn:
           computer, computing machine, computing device, data
           processor, electronic computer, information processing
           system]
      2: an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating
         machines) [syn: calculator, reckoner, figurer,
         estimator, computer]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "computer":
     IBM machine, IDA, Teleplotter, Telereader, abacist, accountant,
     actuary, adder, analog computer, analytical control unit, analyzer,
     bookkeeper, calculator, coder, collator, compiler,
     computer hardware, computer unit, data processor, decoder,
     detector, differential, differential analyzer, digital computer,
     digital graph plotter, divider, electronic brain,
     electronic computer, estimator, figurer, hardware,
     information machine, integrator, memory tubes, multiplier,
     phase discriminator, position coder, printer, printing calculator,
     receptor, reckoner, relay, selective calculator, selector,
     statistician, storage unit, telecomputer, thinking machine,
     transmitter, tristimulus computer
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Computer
  
      A journal of the IEEE Computer Society.
  
     (1995-03-10)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  computer
  computing
  
      A machine that can be programmed to manipulate
     symbols.  Computers can perform complex and repetitive
     procedures quickly, precisely and reliably and can store and
     retrieve large amounts of data.  Most computers in use today
     are electronic digital computers (as opposed to analogue
     computers).
  
     The physical components from which a computer is constructed
     are known as hardware, which can be of four types: CPU,
     memory, input devices and output devices.
  
     The CPU ({central processing unit) executes software
     programs which tell the computer what to do.  Input and
     output (I/O) devices allow the computer to communicate with
     the user and the outside world.  There are many kinds of
     memory or storage - fast, expensive, short term memory
     (e.g. RAM) to hold intermediate results, and slower,
     cheaper, long-term memory (e.g. magnetic disk and magnetic
     tape) to hold programs and data that are not being used
     immediately.
  
     Computers today are often connected to a network (which may
     be part of the Internet).  This allows them to be accessed
     from elsewhere and to exchange data with other computers.
  
     (2018-06-25)
  

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