mainframe etymology

English word mainframe comes from English main, English frame

Detailed word origin of mainframe

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main English (eng) (British, dialectal) Very; very much; greatly; mightily; extremely; exceedingly. (informal) The main course, or principal dish of a meal.. (nautical) The mainsail. [from 17th c.]. (now, archaic, US, _, dialectal) The mainland. [from 16th c.]. (now, poetic) The high seas. [from 16th c.]. (obsolete, except in might and main) Strength; power; force; violent effort. [from 9th c.]. A large pipe [...]
frame English (eng) (intransitive, dialectal) To move.. (intransitive, dialectal, mining) To wash ore with the aid of a frame.. (intransitive, obsolete) To fit; accord.. (intransitive, obsolete) To proceed; to go.. (intransitive, obsolete) To profit; avail.. (intransitive, obsolete) To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.. (tennis) To hit (the ball) with the frame of the racquet rather than the [...]
mainframe English (eng) (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.