- something that is put in.
- the act or process of putting in.
- the power or energy supplied to a machine.
- the current or voltage applied to an electric or electronic circuit or device.Compare output(def 4).
- data to be entered into a computer for processing.
- the process of introducing data into the internal storage of a computer.
- contribution of information, ideas, opinions, or the like: Before making a decision we need your input.
- the available data for solving a technical problem.
- Scot. a monetary contribution, as to charity.
- of or relating to data or equipment used for input: The goal is to reduce input costs.
verb (used with object), in·put·ted or in·put, in·put·ting.
- Computers. to enter (data) into a computer for processing.
- to contribute (ideas, information, or suggestions) to a project, discussion, etc.
- the act of putting in
- that which is put in
- (often plural) a resource required for industrial production, such as capital goods, labour services, raw materials, etc
- the signal or current fed into a component or circuit
- the terminals, or some other point, to which the signal is applied
- computing the data fed into a computer from a peripheral device
- (modifier) of or relating to electronic, computer, or other input
verb -puts, -putting, -put or -putted
- (tr) to insert (data) into a computer
1793, “a sum (of cash) put in,” from in + put. Computing sense of “data fed into a machine” is from 1948; the verb in the computing sense is attested from 1946. There was a Middle English verb input (late 14c.) meaning “to put in, place, set,” but it died out long before this.