Main definitions of algol in US English:

: Algol1ALGOL2

Algol1

proper noun

Astronomy
  • A variable star or star system in the constellation Perseus, regarded as the prototype of eclipsing binary stars.

Origin

From Arabic al ġūl ‘the ghoul’.

Pronunciation

Main definitions of algol in US English:

: Algol1ALGOL2

ALGOL2

noun

  • One of the early high-level computer programming languages that was devised to carry out scientific calculations.

    • ‘Among his achievements in his career in industry and academia, is the development of the first commercial compiler for the programming language Algol 60.’
    • ‘He should be remembered for many things but the thing often missed is that he developed the stack model of computation which he employed in his version of Algol 60.’
    • ‘With tape recorders being forbidden, and shorthand-writing becoming as rare as Algol coding, it's not easy to analyse the significance of what happened in the courtroom on Wednesday without the transcript.’
    • ‘ALGOL was used mostly by research computer scientists in the United States and in Europe.’
    • ‘Out of this enthusiasm for string-rewriting grew classical computer languages like Algol - 60.’

Origin

1950s: from algo(rithmic) + the initial letter of language.

Pronunciation