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  1. a high-level language used to write computer programs, as COBOL or BASIC, or, sometimes, an assembly language.

Origin of programming language

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for programming language

programming language

noun
  1. a simple language system designed to facilitate the writing of computer programsSee high-level language, low-level language, machine code
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programming language in Science

programming language

[prōgrăm′ĭng]
  1. 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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programming language in Culture

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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