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Ada1

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noun Computers.
  1. a programming language particularly suited to real-time applications: developed for use by the U.S. Department of Defense.
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Origin of Ada1

named after Augusta Ada (Byron), Countess of Lovelace (1815–37), English mathematician, who assisted Charles Babbage in developing a precursor of the modern computer

Ada2

[ey-duh]
noun
  1. a city in central Oklahoma.
  2. Douay Bible. Adah.
  3. a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “noble.”
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ADA

  1. adenosine deaminase.
  2. American Dental Association.
  3. American Diabetes Association
  4. Americans for Democratic Action.
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A.D.A.

  1. American Dental Association.
  2. American Diabetes Association.
  3. Americans for Democratic Action.
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  • Mr. Lanhearne and Ada looked at him with anxiety, and Mr. Lanhearne went to his side.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Ada turned away her head and wiped the tears from her cheeks.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • "How can you say that," said Ada, as she threw her arm around the other's waist.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • I can have nothing but words of gratitude for him, Ada, and for your mother.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • I have come to thank you for all your care of Ada, and your kindness to us all.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for ada

Ada

noun
  1. a high-level computer programming language designed for dealing with real-time processing problems: used for military and other systems
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Word Origin

C20: named after Ada, Lady Lovelace, the English mathematician, daughter of Lord Byron (1815–52), who worked with Charles Babbage (1792–1871) and whose description of his computing machines preserved them for posterity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ada

Ada

fem. proper name, from Hebrew Adha, literally "ornament."

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