compiler

noun
com·​pil·​er | \ kəm-ˈpī-lər How to pronounce compiler (audio) \

Definition of compiler

1 : one that compiles
2 : a computer program that translates an entire set of instructions written in a higher-level symbolic language (such as C) into machine language before the instructions can be executed

Examples of compiler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the charts compiler, 78% of Queen’s final total during the week was made up of physical sales (vinyl, CD and cassette) with Greatest Hits the best-selling vinyl album of the chart week. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 11 July 2021 Perhaps more importantly, the compiler's tight integration and the hardware produce deterministic results and performance, eliminating the time-consuming profiling usually required. Karl Freund, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 In addition, their software stack tightly integrates the IBM compiler tool-chain, DEEPTOOLS, in order to optimize the performance. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Its performance is affected by the overall interaction of such things as the number of qubits, connectivity of qubits, gate fidelity, cross talk, circuit compiler efficiency, and other features that affect a quantum computer. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Lightmatter offers a compiler in Idiom to compile programs to native code for photonic processing. John Koetsier, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 The compiler moves the data and the instructions into the right place at the right time so that there are no delays. Karl Freund, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 The burden on the software (especially the compiler) is a heavy lift. Karl Freund, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Hang Seng Indexes, the city's leading index compiler, launched a Nasdaq-like technology index to track the largest tech firms that trade in the city. Laura He, CNN, 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of compiler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jul 2021

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“Compiler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compiler. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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