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compiler

[kuh m-pahy-ler]
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noun
  1. a person who compiles.
  2. 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).
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Origin of compiler

1300–50; Middle English compilour < Anglo-French; Old French compileor < Late Latin compīlātōr-. See compile, -er2
Related formspre·com·pil·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for compiler

compiler

noun
  1. a person who collects or compiles something
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for compiler

n.

early 14c., from Anglo-French compilour, Old French compileur "author, chronicler," from Latin compilatorem, agent noun from compilare (see compile). Another form of the word current in early Modern English was compilator, directly from the Latin.

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compiler in Science

compiler

[kəm-pīlər]
  1. 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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