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Dictionary Definition



1 final product; the things produced [syn: end product]
2 production of a certain amount [syn: yield]
3 signal that comes out of an electronic system [syn: output signal]
4 the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time); "production was up in the second quarter" [syn: yield, production]
5 what is produced in a given time period [syn: outturn, turnout] v : to create or manufacture a specific amount; "the computer is outputting the data from the job I'm running" [also: outputting, outputted]

User Contributed Dictionary



From out + put


  1. production; quantity produced, created, or completed
    The factory increased its output this year.
  2. data sent out of the computer, as to output device such as a monitor or printer
    a six page output

Related terms


production; quantity produced, created, or completed
data sent out of the computer


  1. to produce, create, or complete
    We output 1400 units last year.
  2. to send data out of a computer, as to an output device such as a monitor or printer
    When I hit enter, it outputs a bunch of numbers.


produce or create
send data to out of a computer

Extensive Definition

For the British independent record label, see Output Recordings
Output is the term denoting either an exit or changes which exits a system and which activate/modify a process. It is an abstract concept, used in the modeling, system(s) design and system(s) exploitation.

Types of output

In control theory

In control theory, the outputs of a system are what can be measured. Specifically, outputs are differentiated from states.

In equity theory

In equity theory, output is the benefits that an employee receives, including money, perquisites, power, status, fame or variety.

In information processing

In information processing, output is the process of transmitting information or the transmitted information itself. Essentially, output is any data exiting a computer system. This could be in the form of printed paper, audio, video. In the medical industry this might include CT scans or x-rays. Typically in computing, data is entered through various forms (input) into a computer, the data is often manipulated, and then information is presented to a human (output).

In macro-economics

In Macro-economics, output is the produced goods and services in an economy. A distinction is drawn between Gross Output and Net output.

In human-computer interaction

In human-computer interaction, output is information produced by the computer program and perceived by the user. The kinds of output the program produces, and the kinds of input the program accepts, define the user interface of the program. In this context, feedback and output are often used interchangeably. However, output tends to refer specifically to explicit output, something that is intentionally provided for the user, whereas feedback also encompasses byproducts of operation that happen to contain information (see low-key feedback).

In telecommunications

In telecommunication, the term output can refer to:
  1. Information retrieved from a functional unit or from a network, usually after some processing.
  2. An output state, or sequence of states.
  3. Pertaining to a device, process, or channel involved in the production of data by a computer or by any of its components.


output in Italian: Output
output in Hebrew: פלט
output in Japanese: 出力
output in Korean: 출력
output in Portuguese: Produção
output in Thai: เอาต์พุต
output in Vietnamese: Thiết bị đầu ra

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