- the act or process of planning or writing a program.
- Radio and Television.
- the selection and scheduling of programs for transmission, as for a television station or network, or an Internet-based digital distributor.
- the programs scheduled.
Origin of programming
- 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 programmingregister, compute, prioritize, feed, set, figure, process, design, poll, calculate, itemize, book, draft, schedule, slate, formulate, estimate, arrange, engage, edit
Examples from the Web for programming
Contemporary Examples of programming
He looks like a man of the woods, but works at The Nerdery, programming for a healthy salary and benefits.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’
November 12, 2014
So I enrolled right away for programming classes, and found them boringly abstracted.Vikram Chandra Is A Novelist Who's Obsessed With Writing Computer Code
August 29, 2014
One is Margari Aziza Hill, an African-American Muslim who serves as programming director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative.Michael Brown, Gaza, and Muslim Americans
August 20, 2014
The goal of the present research is to help create the programming for a robot that is “a sociable partner.”Japan's Robots Are Reading Your Emotions
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
August 6, 2014
That kind of programming has worked on TV in shows like ‘Touched By An Angel.’Bible Flicks Move Beyond the B-List
August 3, 2014
Historical Examples of programming
The programming is shallowed to the lowest (and widest) common denominator.After the Rain
The sappy one set the leg and withdrew, programming a call for the next day.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
Further on he found the programming screen, which clicked off the progress of the flight in hours, minutes, and seconds.The Status Civilization
The operator was sitting at the programming punch, carefully going over a long streamer of tape.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
No stronger proof of this can be given than the Boolean logic embedded in computer hardware and programming languages.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
Word Origin and History for programming
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.