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output (countable and uncountable, plural outputs)

  1. (economics) Production; quantity produced, created, or completed.
    • 2013 August 3, Boundary problems”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid and unique to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.
    The factory increased its output this year.
  2. (computing) Data sent out of the computer, as to output device such as a monitor or printer.
    a six page output
  3. (medicine) The flow rate of body liquids such as blood and urine.

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output (third-person singular simple present outputs, present participle outputting, simple past and past participle output or outputted)

  1. (economics) to produce, create, or complete.
    We output 1400 units last year.
  2. (computing) 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.