a high-level language used to write computer programs, as COBOL or BASIC, or, sometimes, an assembly language.
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Origin of programming language
First recorded in 1955–60
Words nearby programming language
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British Dictionary definitions for programming language
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Scientific definitions for programming language
An artificial language used to write instructions that can be translated into machine language and then executed by a computer. English and other natural languages are not used as programming languages because they cannot be easily translated into machine language.♦ A compiled language is a language in which the set of instructions (or code) written by the programmer is converted into machine language by special software called a compilerprior to being executed. C++ and SmallTalk are examples of compiled languages.♦ An interpreted language is a language in which the set of instructions (or code) written by the programmer is converted into machine language by special software called a compilerprior to being executed. Most scripting and macro languages are interpreted languages. See also program.
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Cultural definitions for programming language
In computer technology, a set of conventions in which instructions for the machine are written. There are many languages that allow humans to communicate with computers; C++, BASIC, and Java are some common ones.
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