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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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When he later gave a paper describing some of his work at a conference in Ottawa, the Deputy Industry Minister dubbed "An Implementation of Algol60 for the FP6000" as the least comprehensible title.
This places Ada in the mainstream of language design, rather than in the family of very high-level languages: it is a direct descendant of Pascal and Algol60. Some of the most important features of Ada, such as packages, private types, and generic units, show the influence of more experimental languages such as CLU, as well as LIS and Modula.
Some languages (e.g., Algol60, Algol68) answer in the affirmative, and consider that types that are structurally equivalent are statically compatible.