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Definition of "minicomputer" [minicomputer]

  • A mid-sized computer, usually fitting within a single cabinet about the size of a refrigerator, that has less memory than a mainframe. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "minicomputer" in a sentence
  • "Around 1971, the work was moved to a Univac 1108 machine and then, in 1978, we were fortunate enough to acquire the first VAX/780 minicomputer from the Digital Equipment"
  • "Back then a minicomputer was the size of a desk, whereas a microcomputer could fit on top of a desk."
  • "He formed the Digital Equipment Corporation to manufacture and sell computer components, and then he built something radically different from what had existed before: a smaller computer called a minicomputer that interacted directly with the user."