noun (1)
Al·​gol | \ ˈal-ˌgäl How to pronounce Algol (audio) , -ˌgȯl \

Definition of Algol

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a binary star in the constellation Perseus whose larger member orbits and eclipses the smaller, brighter star causing periodic variation in brightness


noun (2)
AL·​GOL | \ ˈal-ˌgäl How to pronounce ALGOL (audio) , -ˌgȯl \
variants: or Algol

Definition of ALGOL (Entry 2 of 2)

: an algebraic computer programming language used especially in mathematical and scientific applications

First Known Use of Algol

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Algol

Noun (1)

Arabic al-ghūl, literally, the ghoul

Noun (2)

algorithmic language

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“Algol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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