: a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism (such as a computer)
dated: a complete plan for solving a problem by the use of a mechanism (such as a computer) that includes both instructions to be inserted into the mechanism and plans for human activities such as interpreting output
: the genes or sequences of DNA or RNA that are part of an organism or cell and encode or determine a process, trait, or behavior
… a mouse in which a tiny but crucial bit of the genetic program has been eliminated.—Bruce Fellman
also: a process, trait, or behavior determined by or as if by the genetic material of an organism
Orb webs are marvels of geometry and construction. They are built according to a complex behavioral program, which is highly flexible in some respects and very precise in others. —Michael H. Robinson
a program of regular dental checkups
the program will tell us the scheduled order of musical numbers Verb
He programmed the computer to calculate his monthly expenses and earnings.
She is learning how to program in school.
Can you help me program my cell phone?
Recent Examples on the Web
Angelenos can apply for the program online through the Housing Department’s website.—Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 The option didn’t come until 2019, though, after the company received strong backlash over privacy concerns related to its human reviewing program.—Huiling Zhou, NBC News, 26 Sep. 2023 Created through the 1964 Food Stamp Act as one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs, SNAP aims to improve the nutrition of impoverished people by supplementing their food income.—Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 26 Sep. 2023 This year, the local apprentice program for chip-making technicians is training two.—Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2023 The agricultural program ensures garments are fully traceable back to farms that strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and energy consumption while encouraging biodiversity.—Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Sep. 2023 Film Festival, which will include participation in the Points North 1:1 program and a special work-in-progress screening session.—Addie Morfoot, Variety, 26 Sep. 2023 Hundreds of thousands of migrants have also applied for the program, even though there's a 30,000 cap on approvals each month across all nationalities.—Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 26 Sep. 2023 One daytime program that has made a return while supporting the writers’ strike is The Sherri Shepard Show.—Vulture, 19 Sep. 2023
For example, self-driving cars must be programmed to operate in traffic alongside human drivers.—Janet Vertesi, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2023 The strikes have grounded production for months, forcing the networks to program a piecemeal lineup of reality series, sports, games shows and repeats for the next several months.—John Koblin, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2023 Specifically, Lovell programmed the computer to measure officer bias in each report.—cleveland, 17 Sep. 2023 We are programmed from a young age to be light, happy, and positive.—Destiny Bennett, Parents, 15 Sep. 2023 It was programmed with Christian talk shows and sermons, but mixed in classic TV shows.—Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 The Action Button, which replaces the ring / vibrate switch, can be programmed to do things like activating the camera, turning on the flashlight, starting a Voice Memo, opening a note, switching Focus modes, or running your own custom shortcuts.—Emma Roth, The Verge, 13 Sep. 2023 They could be programmed to create entanglement via random interactions.—Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 Now owned by Netflix, the theater will be programmed by the American Cinematheque on Friday through Sunday, with Netflix’s John Vanco handling the scheduling for the rest of the week.—Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 See More
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French programme agenda, public notice, from Greek programma, from prographein to write before, from pro- before + graphein to write — more at carve