Algol

[ al-gol, -gawl ]
/ ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl /

noun

a star of the second magnitude in the constellation Perseus: the first known and most famous eclipsing binary star.

Origin of Algol

1350–1400; Middle English < Arabic, equivalent to al the + ghūl ghoul; as translation of Greek (Ptolemy) gorgónion the head of the Gorgon Medusa, held by Perseus
Also called Demon Star.

Definition for algol (2 of 2)

ALGOL

[ al-gol, -gawl ]
/ ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl /

Computers.

a computer language in which information is expressed in algebraic notation and according to the rules of Boolean algebra.

Origin of ALGOL

1955–60; algo(rithmic) l(anguage)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for algol

British Dictionary definitions for algol (1 of 2)

Algol

1
/ (ˈælɡɒl) /

noun

the second brightest star in Perseus, the first known eclipsing binary. Visual magnitude: 2.2–3.5; period: 68.8 hours; spectral type (brighter component): B8V

Word Origin for Algol

C14: from Arabic al ghūl the ghoul

British Dictionary definitions for algol (2 of 2)

Algol

2
/ (ˈælɡɒl) /

noun

a computer programming language designed for mathematical and scientific purposes; a high-level language

Word Origin for Algol

C20 alg (orithmic) o (riented) l (anguage)
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