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

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Trump’s statement illustrates a vulnerability all wealth list compilers face. Jonathan Greenberg, Town & Country, "How to Get a Spot Among the Billionaires on the Forbes 400 List," 15 Jan. 2019 Qualcomm also released an LLVM compiler and has begun working with enterprises to port their apps. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx for PCs aims to overcome the performance gap," 6 Dec. 2018 There's also a huge binary blob—a Windows .NET compiler—which the malware uses to compile a dynamic-link library version of the PingCastle network scanning tool for locating potentially vulnerable targets elsewhere on the network. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Unpatched systems at big companies continue to fall to WannaMine worm," 14 Sep. 2018 Little is known about Flaming Research, the compilers of the report. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "GenScript Shares Drop on Report Alleging Safety Violations by Unit Partnered With Johnson & Johnson," 27 Sep. 2018 The contributions made by the Microsoft developers are addressing these various issues—adding ARM64 build targets, specifying the right compilers and Windows SDK versions, providing alternatives to x86-specific code, and so on. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft joining Qualcomm and Google to bring Chrome to Windows on ARM," 21 Nov. 2018 In theory, any data processed by the JIT compiler could be vulnerable to the attack; researchers simply used a photo as a proof of concept. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The iPhone X can be hacked to pull your recently deleted files," 14 Nov. 2018 While the eurozone flash composite PMI rose to 54.8 in June from 54.1 in May, that was all down to a rise in the services index, while manufacturing growth continued to slow, compiler IHS Markit said. Richard Barley, WSJ, "For Investors, Europe Is Back to Muddling Through," 22 June 2018 Microsoft's compiler does work, and the code change is effective. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s compiler-level Spectre fix shows how hard this problem will be to solve," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of compiler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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