assembly language


: a programming language that consists of instructions that are mnemonic codes for corresponding machine language instructions

Examples of assembly language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Decades after the tech went out of vogue, the FDS still uses assembly language and 16-bit words. IEEE Spectrum, 6 May 2024 Because of his growing fascination with technology, at 16, Borkowski opted to attend a technical high school, pursuing a technical diploma in electronics and learning about components, soldering, and assembly language. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Feb. 2024 This was because the software had to be rewritten in assembly language to hit the much smaller memory targets, and assembly language programming took much longer to write. Jeremy Reimer, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2023 Because most viruses are written for Windows, reverse engineering them requires knowledge of x86 assembly language. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Feb. 2013 So goto came out of assembly language. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Mar. 2023 Enlarge / Comparison of assembly language for a generic CISC CPU versus a generic RISC one. Jeremy Reimer, Ars Technica, 23 Sep. 2022 Before high-level languages such as Python, Java, and Fortran were invented, programming was done in assembly language. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 Reading assembly language books in middle school or programming BBS software in high school didn’t register, then, explicitly, as a salve. Craig Mod, Wired, 6 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of assembly language was in 1959

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“Assembly language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

assembly language

: a code for programming a computer that is a close approximation of machine language but is more easily understood by humans

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