[ koh-bawl ]
/ ˈkoʊ bɔl /
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a programming language particularly suited for writing programs to process large files of data, using a vocabulary of common English words, phrases, and sentences.
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British Dictionary definitions for COBOL
/ (ˈkəʊˌbɒl) /
a high-level computer programming language designed for general commercial use
Word Origin for COBOL
C20: co (mmon) b (usiness) o (riented) l (anguage)
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Scientific definitions for COBOL
[ kō′bôl′ ]
A programming language developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s and used especially for business applications. It is closer to English than many other high-level languages, making it easier to learn.
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