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Central Processing Unit

the main electronic component in a computer that manipulates, calculates and distributes data with the aid of other components.

Synonyms, Abbreviations or Trade Names: CPU, microprocessor

Layman's Definition: Using the analogy of a restaurant, a central processor unit (CPU) would play the role of a chef or a team comprised of a chef and his head cooks. Most modern CPUs have multiple cores which work together to get tasks done faster just as a chef and his head cooks prepare food together to get it to the table in a timely manner. In rare cases a computer contains multiple CPUs which would be similar to having a team of chefs.

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Related Terms: System Unit