proc·es·sor (prŏsĕs′ər, prōsĕs′-)
1. One that processes, especially an apparatus for preparing, treating, or converting material: a wood pulp processor.
a. A computer.
b. A central processing unit.
c. A program that translates another program or a data file into a form acceptable by the computer being used.
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