machine language


machine language

noun

Definition of MACHINE LANGUAGE

1
:  the set of symbolic instruction codes usually in binary form that is used to represent operations and data in a machine (as a computer) —called also machine code

First Known Use of MACHINE LANGUAGE

1947

Rhymes with MACHINE LANGUAGE

machine language

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Elemental language of computers, consisting of a string of 0s and 1s. Because machine language is the lowest-level computer language and the only language that computers directly understand, a program written in a more sophisticated language (e.g., C, Pascal) must be converted to machine language prior to execution. This is done via a compiler or assembler. The resulting binary file (also called an executable file) can then be executed by the CPU. See also assembly language.

Variants of MACHINE LANGUAGE

machine language or machine code

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