compiler

noun

com·​pil·​er kəm-ˈpī-lər How to pronounce compiler (audio)
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 And, in the case of the C++ library used with the LLVM compiler, the code hasn't been touched in over a decade. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 7 June 2023 The latest revision by global stock index compiler MSCI reflects the bullishness towards India. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 25 Feb. 2024 This is an unusual move by the compiler, which for years had been largely increasing the number of stocks in the MSCI China Index. Laura He, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 The videogame company is set to join the Nasdaq-100 index, the compiler of the benchmark said. WSJ, 13 Dec. 2023 The results are then compiled in a lookup table that the compiler uses to build the circuit. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Dec. 2023 The survey’s compilers highlighted the city’s vibrant cultural scene, architecture and history. Alex Millson, Fortune Europe, 12 Dec. 2023 Of the thousands of kids' and teens' books reviewed in a 2022 analysis, about 45 percent had a nonwhite author, illustrator or compiler, up from 8 percent in 2014. Jesse Greenspan, Scientific American, 20 Nov. 2023 The week-long event in early December is timed to coincide with the birthday of Grace Hopper, an early computer scientist who invented the now-ubiquitous compiler programs that make human code readable by machines. Science Near Me, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of compiler was in the 14th century

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“Compiler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compiler. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

compiler

noun
com·​pil·​er kəm-ˈpī-lər How to pronounce compiler (audio)
1
: one that compiles
2
: a computer program that automatically translates an entire set of instructions written in a computer programming language (as BASIC) into machine language

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