pas·​cal | \ pa-ˈskal How to pronounce pascal (audio) , pä-ˈskäl How to pronounce pascal (audio) \

Definition of pascal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a unit of pressure in the meter-kilogram-second system equivalent to one newton per square meter
2 Pascal or PASCAL : a structured computer programming language developed from Algol and designed to process both numerical and textual data


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Pas·​cal | \ pa-ˈskal How to pronounce Pascal (audio) , pä-ˈskäl \

Definition of Pascal (Entry 2 of 2)

Blaise 1623–1662 French mathematician and philosopher

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Pascalian \ pa-​ˈska-​lē-​ən How to pronounce Pascalian (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pascal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The active mixing of material creates powerful whirlwinds even at a depth where the pressure is more than 10 million pascals, or around 100 times the atmospheric pressure of Earth at sea level. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Juno Spacecraft Reveals New Mysteries at Jupiter," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of pascal


1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pascal


Blaise Pascal

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The first known use of pascal was in 1956

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“Pascal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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pas·​cal | \ pas-ˈkal How to pronounce pascal (audio) \

Medical Definition of pascal

: a unit of pressure in the mks system equivalent to one newton per square meter or to 1.45 × 10−4 pounds per square inch

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