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 Assembly language is a low-level intermediary format that is converted to machine language that can then be run directly by the computer. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 As digital transformation gains traction, organizations are exploring sophisticated technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine language (ML) to improve and expedite critical functions. Sameer Maskey, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Feb. 2018 For the machine language of computers this was no longer true. George Dyson, WSJ, 21 July 2017 See More

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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 29 May. 2022.

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