Meaning of input

in•put

Pronunciation: (in'poot"), [key]
— n., adj., v., -put•ted -put, -put•ting.
—n.
  1. something that is put in.
  2. the act or process of putting in.
  3. the power or energy supplied to a machine.
  4. the current or voltage applied to an electric or electronic circuit or device. Cf. output (def. 4).
    1. data to be entered into a computer for processing.
    2. the process of introducing data into the internal storage of a computer.
  5. contribution of information, ideas, opinions, or the like: Before making a decision we need your input.
  6. the available data for solving a technical problem.
  7. a monetary contribution, as to charity.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to data or equipment used for input: The keyboard is my computer's main input device.
—v.t.
  1. to enter (data) into a computer for processing.
  2. to contribute (ideas, information, or suggestions) to a project, discussion, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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