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Algol

[ al-gol, -gawl ]
/ ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl /
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noun
a star of the second magnitude in the constellation Perseus: the first known and most famous eclipsing binary star.
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Also called Demon Star.

Origin of Algol

1350–1400; Middle English <Arabic, equivalent to al the + ghūlghoul; as translation of Greek (Ptolemy) gorgónion the head of the Gorgon Medusa, held by Perseus

Other definitions 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)
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British Dictionary definitions for Algol (1 of 2)

Algol1
/ (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)

Algol2
/ (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)
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