Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
A binary, eclipsing variable star in the constellation Perseus, almost as bright as Polaris.
(Astronomy) the second brightest star in Perseus, the first known eclipsing binary. Visual magnitude: 2.2–3.5; period: 68.8 hours; spectral type (brighter component): B8V
[C14: from Arabic al ghūl the ghoul]
(Computer Science) a computer programming language designed for mathematical and scientific purposes; a high-level language
[C20 alg(orithmic) o(riented) l(anguage)]
Al•gol(ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl)
a second-magnitude star in the constellation Perseus: the first known and most famous eclipsing binary star.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Arabic, =al the + ghūl ghoul]
ALGOL(ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl)
a computer language in which information is expressed in algebraic notation and according to the rules of Boolean algebra.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||Algol - the second brightest star in Perseus; the first known eclipsing binary|
Perseus - a conspicuous constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way
|2.||ALGOL - (from a combination of ALGOrithmic and Language); a programming language used to express computer programs as algorithms|
algebraic language - an algorithmic language having statements that resemble algebraic expressions