- a high-level programming language used mainly for solving problems in science and engineering.
Origin of FORTRAN
1955–60; for(mula) tran(slation)
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Examples from the Web for fortran
Enlargement of Fortran compilers for data-acquisition use to include statements designed to handle interrupts is desirable.
For this purpose, a considerable number of additional statements have been added to the Fortran language.
This is true even in places such as Yale, where the design emphasizes a maximum use of Fortran.
- a high-level computer programming language for mathematical and scientific purposes, designed to facilitate and speed up the solving of complex problems
C20: from for (mula) tran (slation)
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Word Origin and History for fortran
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