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A widely used object-oriented programming language based on C.

[From ++, name of an operator in the language, and from the use of the plus sign to indicate enhancement.]

C, c


n., pl. Cs C's, cs c's for 1-4.
1. the third letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
2. any spoken sound represented by this letter.
3. something shaped like a C.
4. a written or printed representation of the letter C or c.


1. Gram. complement.
2. consonant.
3. coulomb.
4. county (used with a number to designate a county road): C55.


1. the third in order or in a series.
2. (sometimes l.c.) (in some grading systems) a grade or mark indicating fair or average quality.
a. the tonic note of the C major scale.
b. a tonality having C as the tonic.
c. a written or printed note representing this tone.
d. (in the fixed system of solmization) the first tone of the scale of C major, called do.
e. the tonality having C as the tonic note.
f. a symbol indicating quadruple time and appearing after the clef sign on a musical staff.
4. (sometimes l.c.) the Roman numeral for 100.
5. a powerful high-level computer programming language suitable for creating operating systems and complex applications.
6. Celsius.
7. centigrade.
8. capacitance.
9. carbon.
a. cysteine.
b. cytosine.
11. Also, C-note. Slang. a hundred-dollar bill.


1. Optics. candle.
2. (with a year) about: c1775.
[< Latin circā, circiter, circum]
3. curie.
4. cycle.


1. the velocity of light in a vacuum: approximately 186,000 miles per second or 299,793 km per second.
2. the velocity of sound.


1. Calorie.
2. Cape.
3. Catholic.
4. College.
5. colon.
6. Congress.
7. Conservative.


1. calorie.
2. Optics. candle.
3. carat.
4. Baseball. catcher.
5. cent.
6. centavo.
7. Football. center.
8. centigrade.
9. centime.
10. centimeter.
11. century.
12. chapter.
13. (with a year) about: c. 1775.
[< Latin circā]
14. cognate.
15. copyright.
16. cubic.
17. cycle.

C + +

a high-level computer programming language, a descendant of C, with the ability to manipulate object-oriented features.
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Bjarne Stroustrup, at Bell Labs designed C++ in the early 80s, as an object oriented language based on the C language, which powered pretty much all systems software since its creation in 1972.
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INTERSOLV's continued expansion into the C++ development arena is a result of customers' interest in leveraging the productivity of object-oriented technology and its reusability benefits.
Migrating from C to C++ with the Crossware suites is easy.
Visual C++ integrated development environment and project manager
Integrating Java and C++ can be expensive and fraught with risk," said Alexander Krapf, president and co-founder of CodeMesh, Inc.
There is a 'zero learning curve' for the MIPS edition," said Denis Gilbert, general manager of the Visual C++ product unit at Microsoft.
Based on universal standard ANSI C++, the new integer and fixed-point Algorithmic C datatypes offer the best of both worlds, allowing algorithm and system designers to specify arbitrary bit widths while improving simulation performance by 10-200x versus other datatypes such as SystemC.
Our customers need tools that both simplify and exploit new 32-bit technologies such as the Windows 95 and Windows NT(TM) operating systems, OLE, and ODBC," said Denis Gilbert, general manager of the Visual C++ product unit at Microsoft.
This release enhances previous versions of C++Builder with the latest RAD features and ALM integrations for mission-critical C and C++ development.
0 with its next- generation, true object-oriented C++ environment, along with add-in tools for Microsoft Visual C++(TM)," said Gene Wang, executive vice president, applications and development tools at Symantec.