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Lingo
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 5:47:39 AM
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A skilled computer was an incredibly valuable resource.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39003904

What is the real meaning of "resource" in this context?

Will you help me find out the correct definition of it in Longman dictionary?

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/resource


Thanks a lot.

Best wishes.
thar
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 5:53:21 AM

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A resource - something useful, something you use.

In this case, the person.

(Before computers and typewriters became things, they were people).
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 6:21:34 AM

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Resource is used here instead of one type of asset, a valuable and useful item that is owned (and used).

(And, computers are not skilled, their users are ;-)


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thar
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 6:26:14 AM

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JJ - in this dated example a skilled computer was a person - a mathematician hired to do calculations.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 6:27:59 AM

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Ah! You mean something like this?




In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
NKM
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:26:11 AM

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No.

Back in the day, scientists and mathematicians would define the equations and algorithms to serve their theories. The drudgery of solving for the actual numbers might then be left to be done by other people (often women), who performed the computations and were called "computers".

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