com·pil·er | \kəm-ˈpī-lər \

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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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 Late on Monday, the compilers of the FTSE Russell and Hang Seng Composite indexes said Xiaomi would join those gauges later this month. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Xiaomi Dials Up Big Gains on Second Day of Trading," 10 July 2018 Patches to enable this have already been contributed to the gcc compiler. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it," 5 Jan. 2018 All you should be concerned with in the first few rounds of your draft is securing the services of as many stat compilers as possible, regardless of their position. Michael Beller,, "Tips to Help You Ace Any Fantasy Football Draft," 4 July 2018 The physicians who inspected the twins included Dr. Peter Mark Roget, compiler of his eponymous thesaurus. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Inseparable,’ by Yunte Huang," 10 May 2018 The compiler now uses device profile information to layout the Dex files, which Google says should result in lower RAM usage and faster startup times. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Go review—Google’s scattershot attempt at a low-end Android OS," 20 Apr. 2018 Microsoft is offering a compiler-level change for Spectre. 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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