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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One of Hopper’s most notable accomplishments was to aid the transition of programming to something more people-friendly, through the creation of the first compiler. Alyssa Shepard, Quartz, "The woman who taught computers to speak English," 16 July 2019 Data compiler IHS Markit said production and new orders continue to fall as confidence hits the lowest level since November 2012. Washington Post, "Global stocks mixed after US and China increase tariffs," 2 Sep. 2019 Sabic shares have increased 18% this year amid an overall uptick in the Saudi market, which has seen billions of dollars of foreign cash flow in ahead of its inclusion into a global stock index compiler. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Aramco Fights $70 Billion Price Tag for Saudi Chemicals Giant," 12 Sep. 2018 This early compiler helped inspire Fortran, which in turn spawned most major computer programming languages used today. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 Reports that President Donald Trump wanted to hit Amazon pushed its shares down 4.4%, and that was great news for its competitors (Amazon is defined as a retailer by index compilers). James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Tech Selloff Points to a Likely Reckoning for Global Stock Rally," 29 Mar. 2018 The halt comes days after MSCI Inc., the index compiler, moved to add more companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen to its influential benchmarks, giving shares from these two markets more weight in those gauges. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "China Hits Off Switch on Laser Stock Beloved by Foreigners," 6 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of compiler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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