noun Computers.

a high-level programming language used mainly for solving problems in science and engineering.

Origin of FORTRAN

1955–60; for(mula) tran(slation) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

Word Origin for FORTRAN

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



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

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