- a plan of action to accomplish a specified end: a school lunch program.
- a plan or schedule of activities, procedures, etc., to be followed.
- a broadcasted television or radio production or similar Internet-based content produced for distribution.
- a list of items, pieces, performers, etc., in a musical, theatrical, or other entertainment.
- an entertainment with reference to its pieces or numbers: a program of American and French music.
- a planned, coordinated group of activities, procedures, etc., often for a specific purpose, or a facility offering such a series of activities: a drug rehabilitation program; a graduate program in linguistics.
- a prospectus or syllabus: a program of courses being offered.
- Also called computer program. Digital Technology. a precise sequence of instructions enabling a computer to perform a task; a piece of software.
- to schedule as part of a program.
- Digital Technology. to write code for (a computer program or application).
- to insert or encode specific operating instructions into (a machine or apparatus): We'll program the bells to ring at ten-minute intervals.
- to insert (instructions) into a machine or apparatus: An automatic release has been programmed into the lock as a safety feature.
- to cause to absorb or incorporate automatic responses, attitudes, or the like; condition: Our parents programmed us to respect our elders.
- to set, regulate, or modify so as to produce a specific response or reaction: Program your eating habits to eliminate sweets.
- to plan or write a program.
- Digital Technology. to write computer code.
Origin of program
Related Words for programmedregister, compute, prioritize, feed, set, figure, process, design, poll, calculate, itemize, book, draft, schedule, slate, formulate, estimate, arrange, engage, edit
Examples from the Web for programmed
Contemporary Examples of programmed
Australians are just not programmed for these things and look at it in general as something going on overseas.Jihadi Siege in Sydney Ends in Gunfight
Courtney Subramanian, Lennox Samuels, Chris Allbritton
December 15, 2014
They openly brag about how gamers are “programmed to win” as a positive thing.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
Everything in the cage will be programmed from moment to moment.A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris
July 11, 2014
That Eugene was programmed to be a non-native English speaker gave it an advantage; similarly that it was meant to be 13.The AI That Wasn’t: Why ‘Eugene Goostman’ Didn’t Pass the Turing Test
June 10, 2014
Light Emitting Diodes embedded in the panels could be programmed to light up with decorations, or with messages.Pave the Roads With Solar Panels?
The Daily Beast
June 3, 2014
Historical Examples of programmed
This was the race as programmed; this was the Pitkin annual clean-up as planned.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Storri programmed his own appearance at the drain for sharp ten.The President
Alfred Henry Lewis
This particular android, Barrent realized, was programmed only to look for rats and mice.The Status Civilization
The Tomcat programmed the slaughter for that last moment when the setting sun should touch the hard, gray skyline.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
It is not only the mechanical reproduction of words or sound patterns, which machines can also be programmed to perform.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data
- (tr) to feed a program into (a computer)
- (tr) to arrange (data) into a suitable form so that it can be processed by a computer
- (intr) to write a program
1630s, "public notice," from Late Latin programma "proclamation, edict," from Greek programma "a written public notice," from stem of prographein "to write publicly," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).
General sense of "a definite plan or scheme" is recorded from 1837. Meaning "list of pieces at a concert, playbill" first recorded 1805 and retains the original sense. That of "objects or events suggested by music" is from 1854. Sense of "broadcasting presentation" is from 1923. Computer sense (noun and verb) is from 1945. Spelling programme, established in Britain, is from French in modern use and began to be used early 19c., originally especially in the "playbill" sense. Program music attested from 1877.
1889, "write program notes;" 1896, "arrange according to program," from program (n.). Of computers from 1945. From 1963 in the figurative sense of "to train to behave in a predetermined way." Related: Programmed; programming.
- A organized system of instructions and data interpreted by a computer. Programming instructions are often referred to as code. See more at source code. See also programming language.
A series of instructions given to a computer to direct it to carry out certain operations. The term code is often used to denote large-scale operations.