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Etymology

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main +‎ frame

Pronunciation

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Noun

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mainframe (plural mainframes)

  1. (computer hardware) A large, powerful computer able to manage very many simultaneous tasks and communicate with very many connected terminals; used by large, complex organizations (such as banks and supermarkets) where continuously sustained operation is vital.
    Synonyms: maxicomputer, (informal) maxi
  2. (computer hardware) A computer chassis that hosts and interconnects modules that perform various tasks.
  3. The main frame of a vehicle etc., more commonly main frame.

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Derived terms

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Descendants

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  • Italian: mainframe
  • Japanese: メインフレーム (meinfurēmu)
  • Portuguese: mainframe
  • Spanish: mainframe

Translations

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French

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Etymology

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Borrowed from English mainframe.

Pronunciation

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Noun

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mainframe m (plural mainframes)

  1. (computer hardware) mainframe (large, powerful computer connected to terminals)

Italian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from English mainframe.

Noun

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mainframe m (plural mainframes)

  1. (computer hardware) mainframe (large, powerful computer connected to terminals)

Further reading

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  • mainframe in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Portuguese

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English mainframe.

Noun

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mainframe m or f (plural mainframes)

  1. (computer hardware) mainframe (large, powerful computer connected to terminals)

Spanish

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English mainframe.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /meinˈfɾeim/ [mẽĩɱˈfɾẽĩm]
  • Rhymes: -eim

Noun

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mainframe m (plural mainframes)

  1. (computer hardware) mainframe (large, powerful computer connected to terminals)

Usage notes

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According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.