- hardware or software that transforms one statement at a time of a program written in a high-level language into a sequence of machine actions and executes the statement immediately before going on to transform the next statement.Compare compiler(def 2).
- an electromechanical device that reads the patterns of holes in punched cards and prints the same data on the cards, so that they can be read more conveniently by people.
Examples from the Web for interpreter
Shadman started as a laborer, but within a year became an interpreter because he could speak English.
Our Pashto interpreter explained how he had pretended to be a Pakistani policeman when interested crowds approached the compound.
The grunt takes a hard look at our interpreter, rotates his M16 and opens the vehicle door, motioning for us to get out.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he continued to study English every day and eventually was accepted as an interpreter.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas|Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Follow the latest with the liveblog of The Interpreter, a website covering Russian media and the war in Ukraine.
Quecholli means 'peacock,' but the interpreter of the Codex Telleriano-Remensis calls it the 'serpent of the clouds.'The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft
The doctor, interpreter, and myself arrived at eight o'clock at night; found water and wood, but had nothing to eat.
On this subject there is written upon the walls of the past a lesson for statesmen that needs no interpreter.
It could not hope to count upon a prophet or an interpreter.The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
"The horse-joke comes in, Walter, when that interpreter begins," said Chase.Horace Chase|Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for interpreter
- a program that translates a second program to machine code one statement at a time and causes the execution of the resulting code as soon as the translation is completed
- a machine that interprets the holes in a punched card and prints the corresponding characters on that card
Word Origin and History for interpreter
"one who translates spoken languages; a translator of written texts," late 14c., from Old French interpreteor, from Late Latin interpretatorem, agent noun from interpretari (see interpret).