Computer: a programmable usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data

I see ‘computer’ is not defined as a set of devices, but just a device.

If 1 device consists of 10 devices, should I say there are 11 devices?

  • Computer and device are not synonyms. Jun 16 at 2:00

Boxes of chocolates come into the supermarket, inside a box. This box may have been on a pallet or in a large box.

The reference to a box has no baring on what it contains.

We do not say

256 boxes have been delivered from Cadburys

to mean the one large pallet replacement sized box that todays delivery at the Supermarket arrived in. We say;

The box from Cadbury's has been delivered.

If we asked the Guy on the fork lift to get the 256 Boxes he would never find them.

So don't expect delivery of your eleven computers anytime soon.

  • Thank you, but it doesn’t answer my question… 11 or 10
    – user2837
    Jun 16 at 8:50
  • Firstly this is a trick question no one refers to the components in a computer as devices .....The answer to your question is that; You answer in relation to what you are talking about, what you say depends on what you mean. "I'll just remove the 10 devices from inside the computer" ... I'll just placed the computer (meaning one) on the desk Even if it has 10 devices inside).... Alternatively a device (1) can contain 10 devices but that does not make it 11 devices. It is still 1 device with 10 devices' as component parts.....It is not a puzzle "how many squares can you see."
    – Brad
    Jun 16 at 9:10
  • Thank you very much!
    – user2837
    Jun 16 at 18:50

Of course, any device usually consist of other devices. A car is a device that contains wheels, engines, brakes, all of them devices; each of those is a complex thing consisting of other devices.
There are thousands of individual pieces that are arranged in hierarchies to make any complex product. All of those pieces have been devised for a purpose, and are devices.

It's probably pointless to enumerate all of the devices in a computer. The CPU of a computer might contain 10 billion transistors. Should you add one for the chip itself?

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