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An artificial language used to write instructions that can be translated into machine language and then executed by a computer.
A language, such as BASIC, in which a program is written so that a computer will understand it.
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|Noun||1.||programming language - (computer science) a language designed for programming computers|
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
artificial language - a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose
algorithmic language - an artificial language designed to express algorithms
assembly language - a low-level programing language; close approximation to machine language
computer language, computer-oriented language, machine language, machine-oriented language - a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers
multidimensional language - a programming language whose expressions are assembled in more than one dimension
object language, target language - a computer language into which something written in another computer language is to be translated
object-oriented programing language, object-oriented programming language - (computer science) a programming language that enables the programmer to associate a set of procedures with each type of data structure; "C++ is an object-oriented programming language that is an extension of C"
one-dimensional language - a programming language whose expressions are represented by strings of characters
stratified language - a language that cannot be used as its own metalanguage
unstratified language - a programming language that (like natural language) can be used as its own metalanguage
list-processing language, LISP - a flexible procedure-oriented programing language that manipulates symbols in the form of lists
logic programing, logic programming, Prolog - a computer language designed in Europe to support natural language processing
COBOL - common business-oriented language
C - a general-purpose programing language closely associated with the UNIX operating system
BASIC - a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use
Pascal - a programing language designed to teach programming through a top-down modular approach