compiler

[ kuh m-pahy-ler ]
/ kəmˈpaɪ lər /

noun

a person who compiles.
Also called compiling routine. Computers. a computer program that translates a program written in a high-level language into another language, usually machine language.Compare interpreter(def 3a).

Origin of compiler

1300–50; Middle English compilour < Anglo-French; Old French compileor < Late Latin compīlātōr-. See compile, -er2

Related forms

pre·com·pil·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for compiler

compiler

/ (kəmˈpaɪlə) /

noun

a person who collects or compiles something
a computer program by which a high-level programming language, such as COBOL or FORTRAN, is converted into machine language that can be acted upon by a computerCompare assembler
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Science definitions for compiler

compiler

[ kəm-pīlər ]

A computer program associated with certain programming languages that converts the instructions written in those languages into machine code that can later be executed directly by a computer. See more at programming language.
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