If your factory transforms steel into train wheels, your factory's output––what it produces––is train wheels. A country's output is the total quantity of goods it produces.

The word input is the opposite of output, but only in the sense of the process––if bananas, milk, and ice cream are the input, the output is a milkshake. But you don't usually talk about input in the aggregate, as something you measure over time for a factory, a company, or a country.

Definitions of output
  1. noun
    production of a certain amount
    synonyms: yield
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    crop, harvest
    the yield from plants in a single growing season
    the yield of fruit
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    (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
  2. noun
    final product; the things produced
    synonyms: end product
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    the output of something in a season
    body of work, oeuvre, work
    the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
    the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe
    (usually plural) the collected work of an author
    the collection of works by a writer or artist that are considered to be authentic
    type of:
    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  3. noun
    the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)
    synonyms: production, yield
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    pick, picking
    the quantity of a crop that is harvested
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    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  4. noun
    what is produced in a given time period
    synonyms: outturn, turnout
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    output relative to input; the amount passing through a system from input to output (especially of a computer program over a period of time)
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    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  5. noun
    (mathematics) the result or solution of a function that is associated with a single input
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    the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
  6. verb
    create or manufacture a specific amount
    “the computer is outputting the data from the job I'm running”
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  7. noun
    signal that comes out of an electronic system
    synonyms: output signal
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    the output of a computer in printed form
    read-out, readout
    the output of a computer in readable form
    type of:
    sign, signal, signaling
    any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
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