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 for analog computer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Computer \Com*put"er\ (k[o^]m*p[=u]t"[~e]r), n.
     1. One who computes.
  
     2. (Computers) an electronic device for performing
        calculations automatically. It consists of a clock to
        provide voltage pulses to synchronize the operations of
        the devices within the computer, a central processing
        unit, where the arithmetical and logical operations are
        performed on data, a random-access memory, where the
        programs and data are stored for rapid access, devices to
        input data and output results, and various other
        peripheral devices of widely varied function, as well as
        circuitry to support the main operations.
  
     Note: This modern sense of computer comprises the
           stored-program computers, in which multiple steps in a
           calculation may be stored within the computer itself as
           instructions in a program, and are then executed by
           the computer without further intervention of the
           operator. Different types of computer are variously
           called analog computer, number cruncher,
           number-cruncher, digital computer, and pari-mutuel
           machine, totalizer, totaliser, totalizator,
           totalisator.
  
     Syn: data processor, electronic computer, information
          processing system.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
  
     3. (Computers) same as digital computer.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  analog computer \analog computer\ analogue computer \analogue
  computer\n.
     a computer that represents information by continuously
     variable quantities (e.g., positions or voltages).
     [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  analog computer
      n 1: a computer that represents information by variable
           quantities (e.g., positions or voltages) [syn: analog
           computer, analogue computer]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  analogue computer
  analog computer
  
      A machine or electronic circuit designed
     to work on numerical data represented by some physical
     quantity (e.g. rotation or displacement) or electrical
     quantity (e.g. voltage or charge) which varies continuously,
     in contrast to digital signals which are either 0 or 1.
  
     For example, the turning of a wheel or changes in voltage can
     be used as input.  Analogue computers are said to operate in
     real time and are used for research in design where many
     different shapes and speeds can be tried out quickly.  A
     computer model of a car suspension allows the designer to see
     the effects of changing size, stiffness and damping.
  
     (1995-05-01)
  

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