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machine language

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noun Computers.
  1. a coding system built into the hardware of a computer, requiring no translation before being run.
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Historical Examples

  • Machine-language programming has not proved to be a bad chore because the system is a fixed-hardware setup.

    On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969

    H. W. Fulbright et al.


machine language in Science

machine language

  1. The set of instructions, encoded as strings of binary bits, interpreted directly by a computer's central processing unit. Each different type of central processing unit has its own machine language. For a given machine language, each unique combination of 1's and 0's in an instruction has a unique interpretation, including such operations as arithmetical operations, incrementing a counter, saving data to memory, testing if data has a certain value, and so on. Computer programs are rarely written directly in machine language; instead, higher-level programming languages are used. See more at programming language.
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