- the standard unit of pressure or stress in the International System of Units(SI), equal to one newton per square meter. Abbreviation: Pa
Origin of pascal
First recorded in 1955–60; after Pascal
[pa-skal, pah-skahl; French pas-kal]
- Blaise [bleyz; French blez] /bleɪz; French blɛz/, 1623–62, French philosopher and mathematician.
- a high-level programming language, a descendant of ALGOL, designed to facilitate structured programming.
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If Lovegear wanted to work on Pascal on his own time it was fine with the boss.
But Corinne's glances toward the rigid Pascal held no indictment.
Corinne put out her hand and patted Pascal's cylindrical wrist.
Pascal was standing by the refrigerator, exactly where she had left him.
She heard the little buzz of mechanical life as Pascal began to move.
- the derived SI unit of pressure; the pressure exerted on an area of 1 square metre by a force of 1 newton; equivalent to 10 dynes per square centimetre or 1.45 × 10 –4 pound per square inchSymbol: Pa
C20: named after Blaise Pascal
- Blaise (blɛz). 1623–62, French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist. As a scientist, he made important contributions to hydraulics and the study of atmospheric pressure and, with Fermat, developed the theory of probability. His chief philosophical works are Lettres provinciales (1656–57), written in defence of Jansenism and against the Jesuits, and Pensées (1670), fragments of a Christian apologia
- a high-level computer programming language developed as a teaching language: used for general-purpose programming
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Word Origin and History for pascal
high-level computer programming language, 1971, named for French scholar Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), who invented a calculating machine c.1642.
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- A unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter.
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- The SI derived unit used to measure pressure. One pascal is equal to one newton per square meter.
- French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher who, with Pierre de Fermat, developed the mathematical theory of probability. He also contributed to the development of differential calculus, and he invented the mechanical calculator and the syringe. The pascal unit of pressure is named after him.
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