Main definitions of pascal in English

: pascal1Pascal2

pascal1

(also Pa)

noun

  • The SI unit of pressure, equal to one newton per square metre (approximately 0.000145 pounds per square inch, or 9.9 × 10⁻⁶ atmospheres).

    • ‘All pressures are given in pascals consistent with the units used in the simulations.’
    • ‘Force to break or ultimate tensile strength measured in newtons/m2 or pascals is increasingly criticized as an inferior measure of adhesion.’
    • ‘It also has to cope with pressures between 105 and 109 pascals, as well as contaminants including metal particles and soot.’
    • ‘For water, the critical point occurs at a temperature of 705.2°F and a pressure of 2.21 x 10 pascals.’
    • ‘An alternative unit for expressing blood pressures, which has not been widely adopted in clinical practice, is the SI unit, the pascal or kilopascal One kPa is approximately 7.5 mm Hg.’

Origin

1950s: named after B. Pascal (see Pascal, Blaise).

Pronunciation

pascal

/ˈpask(ə)l/

Main definitions of pascal in English

: pascal1Pascal2

Pascal2

(also PASCAL)

noun

mass noun
  • A high-level structured computer programming language used for teaching and general programming.

    • ‘I will confront the major criticisms of the language, explaining the origin and inaccuracy of the many myths about Pascal.’
    • ‘Pascal went far beyond its original design goals, with commercial use of the language often exceeding academic interest.’
    • ‘In the April 2001 issue I read a presentation of Kylix, which I have been waiting for, being a Pascal and Delphi programmer, but the price of these two commercial products has made it impossible for my budget.’
    • ‘All calculations were performed on a Power Macintosh G3 using a Pascal program written by the author.’
    • ‘The full component source is useful, but because all the components were written in Delphi, they might be a bit hard to understand if you are not a Pascal buff.’

Origin

1970s: named after B. Pascal (see Pascal, Blaise) because he built a calculating machine.

Pronunciation

Pascal

/ˈpask(ə)l/