FORTRAN

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noun FOR·TRAN \ ˈfȯr-ˌtran \
variants: or Fortran

Definition of FORTRAN

:a computer programming language that resembles algebra in its notation and is widely used for scientific applications

Origin and Etymology of fortran

formula translation


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