pascal

[pa-skal, pah-skahl]

Origin of pascal

First recorded in 1955–60; after Pascal

Pascal

[pa-skal, pah-skahl; French pas-kal]
noun
  1. Blaise [bleyz; French blez] /bleɪz; French blɛz/, 1623–62, French philosopher and mathematician.

PASCAL

[pa-skal]
noun Computers.
  1. a high-level programming language, a descendant of ALGOL, designed to facilitate structured programming.
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Examples from the Web for pascal

Contemporary Examples of pascal

Historical Examples of pascal

  • If Lovegear wanted to work on Pascal on his own time it was fine with the boss.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton

  • But Corinne's glances toward the rigid Pascal held no indictment.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton

  • Corinne put out her hand and patted Pascal's cylindrical wrist.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton

  • Pascal was standing by the refrigerator, exactly where she had left him.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton

  • She heard the little buzz of mechanical life as Pascal began to move.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton


British Dictionary definitions for pascal

pascal

noun
  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 inchSymbol: Pa

Word Origin for pascal

C20: named after Blaise Pascal

Pascal

1
noun
  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

Pascal

2
noun
  1. a high-level computer programming language developed as a teaching language: used for general-purpose programming
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Word Origin and History for pascal

PASCAL

high-level computer programming language, 1971, named for French scholar Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), who invented a calculating machine c.1642.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pascal in Medicine

pascal

[pă-skăl, pä-skäl]
n.
  1. A unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter.
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pascal in Science

pascal

[pă-skăl, pä-skäl]
  1. The SI derived unit used to measure pressure. One pascal is equal to one newton per square meter.

Pascal

Blaise 1623-1662
  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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