CPIn. the consumer price index, an index of the cost of all goods and services to a typical consumer. The increase of this value each year is one measure of monetary inflation. [acronym]
Syn. -- consumer price index, cost-of-living index.
For a table of values from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the CPI over time, see
CPI-U from 1913 to 1998.
c.p.u.n. abbr. 1. (Computers) The central processing unit, that part of the electronic circuitry of a computer in which the arithmetic and logical operations are performed on input data, which are thereby converted to output data; it is usually located on the mainboard, or motherboard, of a computer. The CPU and the memory form the central part of a computer to which the peripherals are attached. Most personal computers as of 1998 had only one CPU, but some computers may have more than one CPU. [acronym]
Syn. -- central processing unit, CPU, C.P.U., central processor, processor.
[WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
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