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FORTRAN

[fawr-tran]
noun Computers.
  1. a high-level programming language used mainly for solving problems in science and engineering.
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Origin of FORTRAN

1955–60; for(mula) tran(slation)
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FORTRAN

Fortran

noun
  1. a high-level computer programming language for mathematical and scientific purposes, designed to facilitate and speed up the solving of complex problems
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Word Origin

C20: from for (mula) tran (slation)
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Word Origin and History for fortran

Fortran

n.

computer programming language, 1956, from combination of elements from formula + translation.

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