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mainframe

a large-scale COMPUTER with big data-storage facilities which is often accessible simultaneously from many terminals. Mainframe computers are used by large data-processing departments in businesses for sales and purchase ledger record-keeping, etc.

As MICROCOMPUTERS and MINICOMPUTERS become more powerful in terms of data-processing, speed and data-storage capacity, the distinction between the three types of computer has become blurred.

Collins Dictionary of Business, 3rd ed. © 2002, 2005 C Pass, B Lowes, A Pendleton, L Chadwick, D O’Reilly and M Afferson
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To ensure safe, reliable pick-ups, the device's mechanical clamping system engages the top lip of the container, while an adjustable counter-balance on the main frame of the unit handles drums from 15 to 27 inches in diameter.
At the request of BDI, according to newspaper "Nova Makedonija", the Government negotiated on finding legal mechanisms according to which a main frame on the future budget will be made, that should be adopted in two months.
Now your main frame is in place you can cut two panels for the sides and one for its top.
The frames of the glasses are fitted with a camera so small and located where the right arm joins the main frame, that it is impossible to detect that filming is going on.
For instance, I figure out how to mold and bond one part of the main frame to another.
(TmcHUD111110-ke09258) LIKE THIS: Boys from Hud H Hardy (centre) was showing them how a 2D tractor main frame worked.
The Trionic Golf Walker has two pencil golf bags that are attached to the main frame and hold a full set of 14 golf clubs, and the bags can be closed or left open at the front end depending on the user's preferred way of carrying clubs.
Also available with an option to include the entire main frame and safety guards to be made entirely of stainless steel in place of standard painted steel, the Compact Series is offered in 0.5-inch (12.7-mm) to 1.75-inch (44-mm) sizes.
The Compact series extruder is also available with an option to include the entire main frame and safety guards to be made entirely of stainless steel in place of standard painted steel.
This little red laser unit fits on a semi-autos with at least one Picatinny rail slot on the bottom of the main frame. It is constructed of T6 aluminium and measures approximately 1" x 1" x 11/16" and just barely registers under 1 ounce on my postal scale.
The main frame is welded of stress-relieved, structural steel plates.
The Stork units for the press slot into the main frame of the press, and are interchangeable with other processes such as flexo, gravure and foil stamping.