Main definitions of algol in 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

Algol

/ˈalˌɡôl/

Main definitions of algol in English

: Algol1ALGOL2

ALGOL2

noun

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

    • ‘Out of this enthusiasm for string-rewriting grew classical computer languages like Algol - 60.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation