Definition of macro in English:


nounPlural macros

  • 1Computing
    A single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task.

    • ‘The entire analysis is performed by a single macro in an Excel worksheet.’
    • ‘No standardized macros or any preformatted text were used.’
    • ‘Overseas, ‘we were relying on Excel spreadsheets with macros for currency conversion, and a lot of people stapling receipts to reports.’’
    • ‘Other documents automatically load the viral macros from this file when they are opened.’
    • ‘Another type of virus, known as a ‘macro’ virus, can infect word processing and spreadsheet documents that use macros.’
  • 2Photography
    A macro lens.

    • ‘We used a Nikonos V camera and the full range of lenses from 35 mm to macro.’
    • ‘Many also double as macro (close-up) lenses - very useful.’
    • ‘A standard 50 mm lens will work, but a 55 mm lens with macro capability will allow extreme close-ups.’
    • ‘To get this close, you need a macro or close-focusing lens.’
    • ‘This is my first camera with a decent macro, so please forgive my temporary indulgence with this feature.’