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

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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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