[ pa-skal, pah-skahl ]

  1. the standard unit of pressure or stress in the International System of Units (SI), equal to one newton per square meter. Abbreviation: Pa

Origin of pascal

First recorded in 1955–60; after Pascal

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Other definitions for Pascal (2 of 3)

[ pa-skal, pah-skahl; French pas-kal ]

  1. Blaise [bleyz; French blez], /bleɪz; French blɛz/, 1623–62, French philosopher and mathematician.

Other definitions for PASCAL (3 of 3)

[ pa-skal ]

  1. a high-level programming language, a descendant of ALGOL, designed to facilitate structured programming. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for pascal (1 of 3)


/ (ˈpæskəl) /

  1. the derived SI unit of pressure; the pressure exerted on an area of 1 square metre by a force of 1 newton; equivalent to 10 dynes per square centimetre or 1.45 × 10 –4 pound per square inch: Symbol: Pa

Origin of pascal

C20: named after Blaise Pascal

British Dictionary definitions for Pascal (2 of 3)


/ (French paskal) /

  1. Blaise (blɛz). 1623–62, French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist. As a scientist, he made important contributions to hydraulics and the study of atmospheric pressure and, with Fermat, developed the theory of probability. His chief philosophical works are Lettres provinciales (1656–57), written in defence of Jansenism and against the Jesuits, and Pensées (1670), fragments of a Christian apologia

British Dictionary definitions for Pascal (3 of 3)


/ (ˈpæsˌkæl, -kəl) /

  1. a high-level computer programming language developed as a teaching language: used for general-purpose programming

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Scientific definitions for pascal (1 of 2)


[ pă-skăl, pä-skäl ]

  1. The SI derived unit used to measure pressure. One pascal is equal to one newton per square meter.

Scientific definitions for Pascal (2 of 2)


  1. French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher who, with Pierre de Fermat, developed the mathematical theory of probability. He also contributed to the development of differential calculus, and he invented the mechanical calculator and the syringe. The pascal unit of pressure is named after him.

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