machine language


Definition of machine language

1 : the set of symbolic instruction codes usually in binary form that is used to represent operations and data in a machine (such as a computer)

called also machine code

Examples of machine language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sophisticated programming tools were still years away, so Dr. Rosenbluth programmed in machine language, the strings of 1’s and 0’s a computer understands. New York Times, "Arianna Rosenbluth Dies at 93; Pioneering Figure in Data Science," 9 Feb. 2021 But humans need to be kept in the loop, and both human and machine language expertise needs to be invested in during calmer times so that it can be used effectively in a crisis. Gretchen Mcculloch, Wired, "Covid-19 Is History’s Biggest Translation Challenge," 31 May 2020 The worst case came when the editors decided to print your platform's code that month as machine language, which made the whole process almost eye-stabbingly horrible. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "First encounter: COMPUTE! magazine and its glorious, tedious type-in code," 25 Nov. 2018 The 18-year-old Clark had experience disassembling Xbox games—reverse-engineering their code from machine language into a programming language. Brendan I. Koerner, WIRED, "The Young and the Reckless," 17 Apr. 2018 Reply will probably be an extension of this API but with single-tap machine language input instead of with a voice or keyboard. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google experiment writes IM replies for you, lets you send them with a tap," 14 Feb. 2018 For the machine language of computers this was no longer true. George Dyson, WSJ, "The Elegance of Ones and Zeroes," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of machine language

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Machine language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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