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Al·gol

 (ăl′gŏl′, -gôl′)
n.
A binary, eclipsing variable star in the constellation Perseus, almost as bright as Polaris.

[Arabic (ra's) al-ġūl, (head) of the ghoul : al-, the + ġūl, ghoul (so called because the star was considered to represent the head of Medusa held by Perseus); see ġwl in Semitic roots.]
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Algol

(ˈælɡɒl)
n
(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]

Algol

(ˈælɡɒl)
n
(Computer Science) a computer programming language designed for mathematical and scientific purposes; a high-level language
[C20 alg(orithmic) o(riented) l(anguage)]
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Al•gol

(ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl)

n.
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)

n.
a computer language in which information is expressed in algebraic notation and according to the rules of Boolean algebra.
[1955–60; algo(rithmic)l(anguage)]
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Noun1.Algol - the second brightest star in PerseusAlgol - 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
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Report on the algorithmic language ALGOL 60. Commun.
Our imperative languages are based on the analysis of Algol 60 given in Reynolds [1978a; 1981b].
However, the first major landmarks in the development of programming languages were the announcement of Fortran in April 1957 and the issuing of the Algol 60 report in 1960.