|Noun||1.||personal computer - a small digital computer based on a microprocessor and designed to be used by one person at a time|
|(computer)||personal computer - (PC) A general-purpose single-user microcomputer
designed to be operated by one person at a time.|
This term and the concept has been successfully hijacked by IBM due to the huge market share of the IBM PC, despite its many obvious weaknesses when compared to other equally valid claimants to the term, e.g. the Acorn Archimedes, Amiga, Atari, Macintosh.