processor


processor
processor pro‧ces‧sor [ˈprəʊsesə ǁ ˈprɑːsesər] noun [countable]
1. COMPUTING the central part of a computer that does the calculations on the information put into it:

• an Intel Pentium III processor

• systems that need a big expensive central processor to work

— see also central processing unit, word processor
2. a company that prepares substances, especially food, for sale or as part of another product:

• Georgia officials blocked sales by an Atlanta milk processor after detecting contamination in its milk.

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processor UK US /ˈprəʊsesər/ US  /ˈprɑːsesər/ noun [C]
IT the part of a computer that controls all the other parts: »

To maximize performance, users will require a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

See also CPU(Cf. CPU), MICROPROCESSOR(Cf. ↑microprocessor), WORD PROCESSOR(Cf. ↑word processor)
PRODUCTION a company that prepares farm products for sale, especially as food for people: »

The nation's largest processor of meat and poultry has said it will stop using gas technology to keep products looking fresh.

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The corn and soybean processor said it agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing charges and pay $100 million in fines.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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